Artatomical: Sewing Posture Bisection


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Here we see a couple of illustrations from an early 20th century posture book, educating us on the right and wrong way to sit at a sewing machine. Either way, just make sure you're naked and cut in half.

There's plenty of this sort of information out there today for modern desk workers, but contemporary posture pals generally hold back on the wholesale Mortal Komabt-esque bisection. Here we see the the woman's viscera and organs visible, driving home a simple message: Sit up straight, otherwise you'll displace your organs and twist your spine.

Artatomical is a continuing exploration of that place where anatomy and art converge, sometimes in the form of medical illustration.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.