The controversial manual of anatomy using Peter Gowlands nude female figures for illustrations for surface studies.
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Book Description Williams and Wilkins. Book Condition: Good. 0683004948 Good+; Hardcover; Clean covers with minor rubbing and edgewear; Ink address stamp to the right text-block edge and inside front and back covers; Top and bottom textblock edges are unblemished; Large bookplate to the first endpaper; Text pages are clean & unmarked; The binding is excellent with a straight spine; This book will be stored and delivered in a sturdy cardboard box with foam padding; Medium Format (8.5" - 9.75" tall); Heavy (6.3 lbs); Light green cloth covers with drawing illustration of a heart, and title in gold lettering on a black background; 1971, Williams and Wilkins Publishing; 907 pages; "The Anatomical Basis of Medical Practice," by R. Frederick Becker. Bookseller Inventory # SKU-U37EF01904237
Book Description The Williams & Wilkins Company, Baltimore, 1971. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near fine. First Edition. First Edition. Hardcover. 11 1/4" X 8 3/4". xv, 907pp. Association copy, warmly inscribed by Drs. R Frederick Becker, James W. Wilson, and John A. Gehweiler to Margaret Gehweiler, John A. Gehweiler's mother, to front free endpapers. Green cloth over boards, with upper board and spine lettered in gilt over black, with human heart outlined in black to upper board. Mild edgewear to binding, with rubbing and gentle bumping to corners and head and tail of spine, firm and sound. A very unique example of the notorious 1971 textbook for first-year medical students that caused public outcry, as well as a boycott initiated by the Association of Women in Science, for its use of centerfold-style images to illustrate female suface anatomy and for its many impudent comments regarding women ("If you think that once you have seen the back side of one female, you've seen them all, then you haven't sat in a sidewalk café in Italy where girl watching is a cultivated art. Your authors, whose zeal in this regard never flags, refer you to Figures III-IV and VIII as proof that female backs can keep an interest in anatomy alive."). Time Magazine called the book "closer to Playboy than to Gray's Anatomy," in its October 9, 1972 issue, the cover of which, coincidentally, featured Pat Nixon and Eleanor McGovern as "The Other Campaigners." Indeed, the photographer, Peter Gowland, from which Becker, Wilson, and Gehweiler purchased the controversial photographs had been published previously in Playboy. This unique association copy provides a stark contrast between the criticism the book received and the authors' lack of anticipation for such a response. Becker, Wilson, and Gehweiler's inscriptions to the latter's mother seem to indicate a sense of pride in the work, with Becker calling her "our fondest admirer" and Gehlweiler noting the "many sacrifices over so many years" his mother made for his education, going on to state that without her, "this book could never have been written.". Bookseller Inventory # 3021