March 15, 2006 (Vol. 26, No. 6)
Strong Points: Vastness of collection
Weak Points: Nerdy
Speaking of images, here’s a collection of 4,500 plates of anatomical illustrations from the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library that spans the years from 1522 to 1867. These are almost works of art, in many cases. Visitors can search the extensive database using key words, and restrict selections by gender, view, technique, and color. Retrieved records contain images in multiple sizes with hyperlinked information to other records, all of which are nicely organized. Curiosity seekers, like myself, can also just browse through the material, book by book (95 in total). If you do, I suspect you’ll find an amazing collection that will surely be useful to anyone interested in human anatomy.