Tag Archives: Spring 2014


Winona Winkler Wendth Worcester, Massachusetts, United States   Joanna Southcott Drawn from Life by Wm. Sharp Devonshire characters and strange events, Baring-Gould, S (1908), United States Public Domain On December 31, 1814, at 38 Manchester Street in the Paddington section of London, Joanna Southcott lay four days dead. Her body, at one time plump and […]

Francis Peabody: caring for the patient

“The good physician knows his patient through and through, and his knowledge is bought dearly. Time, sympathy, and understanding must be lavishly dispensed, but the reward is to be found in that personal bond which forms the greatest satisfaction of the practice of medicine. One of the essential qualities of the clinician is his interest […]

In pursuit of a new anatomy

Roseanne F. Zhao Chicago, Illinois, USA   (Left) Standing figure—muscle plate from De humani corporis fabrica, libri septum, Basile: 1543 by Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564) (Right) The bones, muscles and tendons of the hand, c.1510-11—pen and ink with wash, over black chalk, 28.8 x 20.2cm, from Anatomical Manuscript A by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). The Brabantian […]

Vesalius: spirit of excellence and inquiry

JMS Pearce  United Kingdom   An image from De Fabrica This brief sketch is offered to commemorate the 500th birthday of Andreas Vesalius and the beginnings of post-Renaissance anatomy. Few men are more deserving of lasting fame than Vesalius. The prime importance of his anatomy is irrefutable. The current decline in anatomy teaching has provoked trenchant […]

William Alcott and the cultural meaning of medical knowledge in the nineteenth century

Catherine Mas Chicago, Illinois, United States   Alcott, The House I Live in, 21 William Alcott (1798-1859) thought of himself as a medical missionary. He devoted most of his life’s work to spreading the nascent knowledge of anatomy and physiology infused with the message of Christian fulfillment. As a reformer and author of over 100 […]