Dr. Bock’s Atlas of Human Anatomy is a historical guide to the anatomy of the human being, consisting of over one hundred illustrations which depict in detail the physical aspects of the human being.
Designed as a reference text for physicians and medical practitioners in the 19th century, this book’s detailed drawings offer readers insight into the progress anatomical science had made at the time. Translated into many languages, Bock’s Atlas was popular not only among working physicians and doctors, but members of the public curious to learn about the human body. Although much of the information in this guide has been revised and updated in modern times, this text retains historical value.
The book is structured to include lists of Roman numerals which describe and define specific bones, organs and regions of the body. Corresponding to these are labeled illustrations which the reader must reference. Beginning with the bones of the skeleton, the text proceeds to define the skeletal musculature, reproductive system, nervous system, and organs such as the eyes and ears, plus the constituents of the digestive tract.
Carl Ernst Bock was a popular figure in the mid 19th century, who did much to demystify the rapid advances in medicine and anatomy ensuing at the time. For years he oversaw autopsies and lectured to medical students, providing them with the latest understanding of the medical discipline. Authoring and illustrating several texts in a plain and understandable manner, his books remained translated and in print for years after his death in 1874.