Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Bassett Stereoscopic Dissection Collection in the New York Times!

In the science section of today's New York Times, there is an article about the amazing Bassett Stereoscopic Dissection Collection (as discussed in greater detail in a previous Morbid Anatomy Post.) The project was a collaboration between William Gruber, the inventor of the View-Master, and Dr. David L. Bassett of Stanford University. The product: the 25-volume “Stereoscopic Atlas of Human Anatomy” released in 1962 consisting of thousands of images illustrating human anatomy (see above) on hundreds of View-Master reels.

The article touches on the history of the project, the partnership between Bassett and Gruber, and how the collection was received when it was released. It goes on to detail Stanford University's plans to digitize the collection and charge access to it; those with 3d glasses will be able to view them on their computer in their original 3-dimensional glory.

Check out the full article here; check out the slide show here. And click here to see the Flickr page launched by Stanford to showcase the images.

Thanks so much to Pam of Phantasmaphile for sending this my way.

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