Recommendation: DER SPIEGEL

January 18, 2010

”Man as a machine. – Starting next Saturday, the Museum of Medical History of the Charité in Berlin shows almost forgotten graphics and illustrations by the legendary gynecologist Fritz Kahn. From 1922 to 1931, Dr. Kahn published a five-volume book series, ‘The Life of Man‘, which became a bestseller. The series explains the complicated processes of the human body in cleverly designed display boards that portray human beings as well-functioning machines: The trachea, for example, is depicted as a branched pipeline that transports oxygen balls in an elevator. Downstairs in the liver, workers process packets of sugar and starch on an assembly line. In the head, two scientists operate an electronic control panel while a colleague in a chamber below monitors blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing. As Kahn himself was not particularly good at drawing, he had professional illustrators elaborate his drafts,  including the Technical-Schematic Representation of the Male Erectile System.” – DER SPIEGEL is a German weekly magazine, published in Hamburg. It is one of Europe’s largest weekly magazines with a circulation of more than one million.
DER SPIEGEL (issue 3/2010)