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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.

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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?

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

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

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© INVIVO Communications

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

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

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