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July 3, 1996

Coronal Man: The Visible Human Male Navigator

Author Affiliations

Oregon Health Sciences University Portland

JAMA. 1996;276(1):78-79. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540010080040

New Media

"Coronal Man" represents a multidirectional journey through the human male physical body, specifically the Visible Human Male. The first piece to be completed of The Visible Human Project developed by the Center for Human Simulation at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center for the National Library of Medicine,1,2 the Visible Human Male is an anatomy "text" of a different sort, with far-reaching potential.

The first stage of the journey is twodimensional. The Coronal Man poster is a coronal image created from 1878 reformatted axial photographic "slices" of a man from head to foot. Because the images are from a real cadaver, the detailing is precise. The locations of muscles, organs, and other structures are presented from a novel perspective not captured by even the best drawing. This representation has a realism that drawings can't, or at least usually don't, match—as in the individualized feature of the degree