“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?

vesalius_fabrica_p190By 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 a long way, but at INVIVO, some still dress like this.  Wikipedia.