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Skipping Merrily Through Medical-Art History

posted June 11th, 2013

“I am not accustomed to saying anything with certainty after only one or two observations.”

-Andreas Vesalius

Vesalius aside, let’s observe some historical medical illustrations once or twice and say some things. Ready?


A 13th Century illustration of veins in the body. Wikipedia

A 13th Century illustration of veins in the body. Wikipedia.

This poor 13th century patient evidently died from swallowing a lute and a whole roll of by-the-foot chewing gum. Kind of rad ink though.


Fast-forward a couple of centuries. Here's Leonardo da Vinci's study of the cardiovascular system and organs of a woman, drawn c.1509-1510:


By Leonardo da Vinci, c.1509-1510. © The Royal Collection 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
h/t  Live Science

Da Vinci’s demon skull sketch for a death metal album overlaid with some anatomical drawing. I’m not the only one who sees that, right? Right?



By Andreas Vesalius, from De humanicorporisfabricalibriseptem published in 1543. Wikipedia.

Darth Vader yelling “Noooooo” when not wearing his armor.



© INVIVO Communications

Surprisingly intact tighty-whiteys for a sk8r with fresh road rash.


Visual technology may have come along way, but at INVIVO, some still dress like this.  Wikipedia.

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