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Images of Dissection

From De humani corporis fabrica by Vesalius, Andreas
Image courtesy of the National Library of Medicine
Title: Vesalius performing dissection
Source:
De humani corporis fabrica
Creator:
Vesalius, Andreas
Keywords:
Human dissection
Description:
Title page of book showing the dissection of a female criminal.
Date:
1543?
Identifier:
  • NLM Record UI: 101437384
  • NLM Image ID: 153761
Rights:
The National Library of Medicine believes this item to be in the public domain.
From Anatomy of humane bodies by Cowper, William
2nd ed. Leyden, 1737.
Title: Dissected hand
Source:
Anatomy of humane bodies
Creator:
Cowper, William
Keywords:
Human dissection, Hand--Anatomy
Description:
Image of a hand being dissected.
Date:
1737
Identifier:
  • Bib# 3530850
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
From De dissectione partium corporis humani libri tres by Estienne, Charles
Paris, 1546.
Title: Man with dissected throat
Source:
De dissectione partium corporis humani libri tres
Creator:
Estienne, Charles
Keywords:
Human dissection, Throat--Anatomy
Description:
Image of seated man holding open his dissected throat, showing internal anatomy.
Date:
1546
Identifier:
  • Bib# 3532201
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
From DAnotomia del corpo humano co´discorsi del medesimo... by Valverde, Juan
Venetia, 1682.
Title: Woman with dissected abdomen
Source:
DAnotomia del corpo humano co´discorsi del medesimo...
Creator:
Valverde, Juan
Keywords:
Human dissection, Abdomen--Anatomy
Description:
Image of a woman whose abdomen has been dissected. Her organs and a small baby surround the image.
Date:
1682
Identifier:
  • Bib# 3497844
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
From Anatomical atlas by Smith, Henry H.
Philadelphia, 1854.
Title: Anatomy lecture room
Source:
Anatomical atlas
Creator:
Smith, Henry H.
Keywords:
Human anatomy, Medical education
Description:
Anatomy lecture room from the mid-1800s.
Date:
1854
Identifier:
  • Bib# 3427904
Rights:
The Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh believes this item to be in the public domain.
Vesalius performing dissection; Title page of book showing the dissection of a female criminal.
From Anatomy of humane bodies; Anatomy of humane bodies
From De dissectione partium corporis humani libri tres; Image of seated man holding open his dissected throat, showing internal anatomy.
From DAnotomia del corpo humano co´discorsi del medesimo...; Image of a woman whose abdomen has been dissected. Her organs and a small baby surround the image.
From Anatomical atlas; Anatomy lecture room from the mid-1800s.

Falk Library has many superb early anatomy books that not only demonstrate a close view of human anatomy, but also the work and techniques of dissection

Please visit Falk Library to see these and related images in our rare books and in other books from our History of Medicine collection.


Recent books relating to dissection that can be borrowed from the History of Medicine collection in Falk Library include:

  • Bill Hayes. The anatomist; A true story of Gray's Anatomy. 2008. [QM16.G73 H39 2008]
  • Katherine Park. Secrets of women : gender, generation, and the origins of human dissection. 2006. [QM33.4 .P37 2006]
  • Helen MacDonald. Human remains : episodes in human dissection. 2005 [QM33.4 .M333 2005]
  • Suzanne M. Shultz. Body snatching : the robbing of graves for the education of physicians in early nineteenth century America. 1992. [HV6248 S562 1992]
  • John Harley Warner and James M. Edmonson. Dissection: Photographs of a rite of passage in American medicine, 1880-1930. 2009. [QM33.4 .W37 2009]