EXHIBITS: Body Works

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Science  08 Jul 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5732, pp. 225
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5732.225e

The 16th through 19th centuries were a boom time for anatomy, as doctors began to apply scientific methods to analyze human structure. Anatomical illustration also blossomed as artists strove for greater accuracy, added color, and burnished their craft in other ways. Anatomia, an online exhibit from the University of Toronto Libraries in Canada, showcases this period with 4500 medical plates from 95 texts published between 1522 and 1867. Included are views of the jaw which come from the 1778 version of The Natural History of the Human Teeth by the British “surgeon extraordinary” John Hunter (1728-1793), who minted the terms “molar,” “incisor,” and “bicuspid.” Some illustrations are interactive: For instance, you can open the heart to see its internal architecture.


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