Anatomical museums and the display of anatomy were reenergized as public spectacle once again during the early 1820’s; as part of the aftermath of the sensationalist murders by the resurrection men Burke and Hare. The 19th century's best-known and most visited public museum of anatomy was Dr. Khan’s Anatomical Museum’. Opened at 315 Oxford Street, London in 1851, the museums founder Dr Joseph Kahn had started a successful anatomy museum in Germany in 1848 before relocating to London. Kahn's museum was intended to show the ‘wondrous’ structure of the body and to warn of the harmful consequences to health of abuses that ‘distort or defile’ its ‘beautiful structure’. The museum also included an anatomical Venus. The text is from the original handbill, the illustration is an ofgraveconcern steampunk original based upon Khan’s anatomical Venus.
Dr. Khan’s Anatomical Museum. 1851
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