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Anatomia highlights

This section brings together some of the individual 'highlights' of the digital collection. While some images are included for their contribution to the advancement of anatomical knowledge, others are here as outstanding examples of printing technique or for their artistic merit. Also included are illustrations which depict related themes such as the teaching of anatomy, surgical instruments, and pathological anatomy. A final category consists of �curiosities�, or images which are out of the ordinary for a variety of reasons.

Plates with movable flaps

Descriptive Title: Male and female anatomy.
Artist: R.S.
Technique: woodcut
Source:    Interiorvm corporis hvmani partivm / [ca. 1559]
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Descriptive Title: Heart and lungs.
Technique: engraving/etching
Source:    De hominDe homine / 1662
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Advances in anatomical knowledge

The earliest printed book to include anatomical illustration of any significance

Descriptive Title: Surface anatomy, veins
Technique: woodcut
Source:    Fasciculus medicin� / 1522
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Vesalius provided the foundation for the scientific study of anatomy

Descriptive Title: Portrait of Vesalius: "an. �t. XXVIII MDXLII."
Artist: Wandelaar, Jan, 1690-1759
Technique: engraving/etching
Source:    Opera omnia anatomica & chirurgica / 1725
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Among the first anatomists to make illustrations based on their own dissections

Descriptive Title: Dissection of the head, showing layers of the scalp and meninges.
Technique: woodcut
Source:    Anatomi� / 1537
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First textbook to accept Harvey's theory on the circulation of the blood

Descriptive Title: Added title page.
Technique: engraving/etching
Source:    Corporis humani disquisitio anatomica / 1651
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The foundation of modern dermatology

Descriptive Title: Scaly lesions on the palm of the hand.
Artist: Strutt, William Thomas, 1777-1850
Technique: stipple engraving, colour-printed
Source:    On cutaneous diseases / 1808
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The foundation of modern dentistry

Descriptive Title: Skull and mandible.
Artist: Rymsdyk, Jan van, fl. 1750-1788
Technique: engraving/etching
Source:    Natural history of the human teeth / 1778
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Outstanding examples of technique

Woodcut

Descriptive Title: Muscles.
Artist: Calcar, Jan Stephen van, 1499-1546?
Technique: woodcut
Source:    De humani corporis fabrica / 1543
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Engraving/etching

Descriptive Title: Muscles of the body.
Artist: Pini, Pietro Matteo, b. ca. 1540
Technique: engraving/etching
Source:    Explicatio tabularum anatomicarum / 1744
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Engraving/etching, life size

Descriptive Title: Fetus, uterus.
Artist: Rymsdyk, Jan van, fl. 1750-1788
Technique: engraving/etching
Source:    Anatomia uteri humani gravidi / 1774
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Engraving on copper in relief

Descriptive Title: Dissection of the brain.
Artist: Lizars, W. H. (William Home), 1788-1859
Technique: engraving/etching in relief, with hand-coloured highlighting
Source:    System of anatomical plates / [1825?]
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Colour printed mezzotint

Descriptive Title: Dissection of the thorax and abdomen.
Artist: Gautier d'Agoty, Jacques, 1717-1785
Technique: mezzotint, colour-printed
Source:    Anatomie des parties de la g�n�ration / 1773
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Hand coloured stipple engraving

Descriptive Title: Abscess from a gunshot wound.
Artist: Bell, John, 1763-1820
Technique: stipple engraving, hand-coloured
Source:    Principles of surgery / 1801-1808
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Colour printed stipple engraving

Descriptive Title: Brain cyst.
Artist: Kirtland, G.
Technique: stipple engraving, colour-printed
Source:    Morbid anatomy of the human brain / 1828
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Chromolithography

Descriptive Title: Dissection of the head and neck, cranial, spinal and sympathetic nerves.
Artist: Jacob, Nicolas Henri, 1781-1871
Technique: chromolithography
Source:    Trait� complet de l'anatomie de l'homme / 1831-1854
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Chromolithography, life size

Descriptive Title: Anterior tibial artery.
Artist: Maclise, Joseph
Technique: chromolithography
Source:    Anatomy of the arteries of the human body / 1844
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Anatomy as art

Life like romantic figures as subjects of dissection

Descriptive Title: Dissection of the thorax and abdomen.
Artist: Maclise, Joseph
Technique: chromolithography
Source:    Surgical anatomy / 1856
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Skeleton still life

Descriptive Title: Arrangement of fetal skeletons with bladder calculi, blood vessels and songbird.
Artist: Huyberts, Cornelis
Technique: engraving/etching
Source:    Opera omnia / 1737
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Nerve man

Descriptive Title: Nerves of the body, with skeleton.
Artist: La Rivi�re, Etienne de
Technique: woodcut
Source:    De dissectione partium corporis humani / 1545
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Muscle-men used as head and tail pieces

Descriptive Title: Muscles.
Technique: engraving/etching
Source:    Myotomia reformata / 1724
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Surgeon and artist

Descriptive Title: Abdominal muscles, testis.
Artist: Bell, John, 1763-1820
Technique: engraving/etching
Source:    Engravings, explaining the anatomy of the bones / 1794
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Teaching anatomy through dissection

Anatomical lecture showing dissection in progress

Descriptive Title: Anatomy lecture.
Technique: woodcut
Source:    Fasciculus medicin� / 1522
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Vesalius performing a public dissection

Descriptive Title: Title page.
Artist: Calcar, Jan Stephen van, 1499-1546?
Technique: woodcut
Source:    De humani corporis fabrica / 1543
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Five eminent anatomists dissecting a corpse

Descriptive Title: Title page
Artist: Persijn, Reinier van
Technique: engraving/etching
Source:    Encheiridium anatomicum et pathologicum / 1649
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Anatomy lecture showing dissection of the abdomen

Descriptive Title: Title page.
Technique: engraving/etching
Source:    Anatomia hepatis / 1665
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New plate of anatomy theatre

Descriptive Title: Anatomical theatre at the University of Cambridge.
Artist: Pugin, Augustus Charles, 1762-1832
Technique: aquatint, hand-coloured
Source:    History of the University of Cambridge / 1815
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Surgical Instruments

Descriptive Title: Scalpels.
Technique: engraving/etching
Source:    Treatise on the high operation for the stone / 1723
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Descriptive Title: Treatment for a depressed skull fracture.
Technique: engraving/etching
Source:    Succenturiatus anatomicus / 1616
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Descriptive Title: Surgical instruments for lithotomy/surgery for bladder calculi.
Artist: Bell, John, 1763-1820
Technique: engraving/etching
Source:    Principles of surgery / 1801-1808
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Descriptive Title: Surgical instruments for amputation.
Artist: Jacob, Nicolas Henri, 1781-1871
Technique: chromolithography
Source:    Trait� complet de l'anatomie de l'homme / 1831-1854
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Pathology

Allegorical title page depicting disease

Descriptive Title: Engraved title page.
Artist: Mulder, Joseph, b. 1659 or 60
Technique: engraving/etching
Source:    Exercitationes practic� / 1695
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Cirrhosis

Descriptive Title: Alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver.
Artist: Clift, William, 1775-1849
Technique: engraving/etching
Source:    Series of engravings / 1799-[1803]
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Measles

Descriptive Title: Measles.
Technique: stipple engraving, colour-printed
Source:    On cutaneous diseases / 1808
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Diseased large intestine

Descriptive Title: Diseased large intestine.
Artist: Chazal, Antoine Toussaint de, 1793-1854
Technique: lithography, with hand-colouring
Source:    Anatomie pathologique du corps humain / 1829-1835
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Gangrene

Descriptive Title: Gangrene of the toes and foot, gangrene caused by heart disease.
Artist: Carswell, Robert, Sir, 1793-1857
Technique: lithography, with hand-colouring
Source:    Pathological anatomy / 1838
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Early plate on diseases of women

Descriptive Title: Diseases of women.
Technique: woodcut
Source:    Fasciculus medicin� / 1522
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Curiosities

Memento Mori

Descriptive Title: Skeleton.
Artist: Lairesse, G�rard de, 1640-1711
Technique: engraving/etching
Source:    Anatomia humani corporis / 1685
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Zodiac man

Descriptive Title: Zodiac man.
Technique: woodcut
Source:    Fasciculus medicin� / 1522
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Thorax and abdomen wearing armour

Descriptive Title: Muscles.
Technique: engraving/etching
Source:    Anatomia del corpo humano / 1560
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Suspended male cadaver being flayed

Descriptive Title: Title page.
Artist: Blooteling, Abraham, 1640-1690
Technique: engraving/etching
Source:    Spicilegium anatomicum / 1670
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Decorative initial 'I' showing putti robbing a grave

Descriptive Title: Letter I.
Artist: Calcar, Jan Stephen van, 1499-1546?
Technique: woodcut
Source:    De humani corporis fabrica / 1543
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One cadaver dissecting another

Descriptive Title: Thorax - heart and lung.
Technique: engraving/etching
Source:    Opera omnia anatomica et medica / 1627
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