Socks Studio recently did a feature based on Fritz Kahn, a German gynaecologist and popular science writer from the 1910′s to the 1960′s. Some of his titles include: Die Milchstrasse (The Milky Way) in 1914, Die Zelle (The Cell) in 1919, and, starting from 1921, the five volumes of Das Leben des Menschen (The Life of Man).

The seven functions of the nose (1939)

Das Leben was an encyclopedic work of 1600 pages and 1200 illustrations depicting biology as industrial and mechanical processes, adopting the most avant-garde visual techniques and contemporary styles as Neue Sachlichkeit, Dada, Surrealism, and also Constructivist photomontage.

Man as Industrial Palace (1926), enclosed as poster in the book “Fritz Kahn – Man Machine / Maschine Mensch”

The speed of thought, 1943

The effect of sunlight, 1940

The cycle of Virtue and Substance, ca.1929

The physiology of vision, 1931

The depths of a wound, 1943

Fairytale journey along the bloodstream (1924)

How dessert cleans the tongue (1943)

Vibration-free montage in technology and nature: astronomical telescope and blood vessel in the ear (1929)

This is what occurs in our head when we see and say “Auto” 1943

The blood corpuscles, joined together in a chain, would span the globe 4 times, 1943

We see with the occipital area of the brain! 1943

The cycle of carbon dioxide, ca.1929.

Man is an “eye” animal: a dog is a “nose” animal, 1943

The work of the heart, 1943

The mammary gland, 1943

Respiration, 1943

The spinal cord, 1943

The eruption dates of the milk teeth, 1943

Erection – technical-schematic presentation of the male erection system (1937)

The doctor of the future (1925)

The perception of light (1929)

A technical miracle – the small human abdominal cavity houses 8.5 meter of intestines. (1926)

The congruence between the autotype and retinal image (1931)

Car and ear match (1929)

Muscle and doorbell connections in their five-part congruence (1924)

The biology of a roast’s smell (1926)

Man eats 1400 times his weight in 70 years. (1926)

The heart’s work performance (1936)

The principles of heat insulation in man and a thermos flask (1926)

Respiration (1926)

The architecture of digestion (1939)

The five most important routes of the spinal cord, in their course and functions demonstrated on a soccer player. (1939)

What do you think? Pretty impressive right?