By Marieke M a Hendriksen
"In dependent Anatomy Marieke Hendriksen bargains an account of the cloth tradition of the eighteenth-century Leiden anatomical collections, that have now not been studied intimately ahead of. the writer introduces the radical analytical idea of aesthesis, as those historic clinical collections could seem unusual, and undeniably have a morbid aesthetic, but are neither curiosities nor paintings. As this e-book bargains with matters regarding the retaining and exhibiting of ancient human continues to be, it's hugely suitable for cloth tradition and museum reports, cultural background, the historical past of clinical collections and the heritage of drugs alike. in contrast to present literature on ancient anatomical collections, this e-book takes the gadgets within the collections as its start line, rather than the folk that created them"--From publisher's site.
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16 This shows that descriptions of practical finds such as De Graaf’s improved syringe could only partly spread new anatomical experimental knowledge. In order to truly learn the techniques, an anatomist 12 Ibidem, 14. 13 Also see Smith, The Body of the Artisan. ” 15 Pole, The Anatomical Instructor, xiv. , 250. 42 CHAPTER 3 needed to experiment with them, and only the most persistent and most skilled practitioners would eventually attain satisfying results. Although the experiments and discoveries of De Graaf and his contemporaries with injections of coloured liquids were very innovative in terms of making structures and functions visible, they did not provide lasting preparations, as the injected substances did not solidify and preserve the injected structures.
But would Sandifort really 4 These preparations now are lumc catalogue numbers Ag0020, Ag0021 and Ag0022. 5 Catalogue records Elshout, Het Leidse kabinet, lumc catalogue. 6 Elshout, Het Leidse kabinet, 14, Sandifort, Museum Anatomicum, vol. 1, 89, describes no. 407– 408 as follows: “ccccvii. Portio intestine cum portione mesenterii, vasis nonnullis mercurio impletis. Nuckii ut videtur. ccccviii. Portio intestine, cujus vasa lactea impleta mercurio. ” This suggests he was not entirely certain about the origins of these preparations either.
Sometimes this tradability was only of secondary importance, as for the many anatomists and collectors who made anatomical preparations primarily for their own research and teaching collections. 27 This could also be the case when the maker wanted to ship preparations back to Europe. This shipping back of commodified bodies—human, animal, and botanical—ensured the maker stayed connected to the centre of knowledge. In some cases, commodification also involved the explicit objectification of the human body, and was aimed at directing the gaze of the observer.
Elegant Anatomy: The Eighteenth-Century Leiden Anatomical Collections by Marieke M a Hendriksen