Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: The Four stages of cruelty

  • Anatomy before Vesalius

    Not until about 1300 were human bodies dissected for teaching and learning anatomy. In those days, dissecting a cadaver was an especially unpleasant business. Since there was no refrigeration, it was necessary to dissect the most perishable parts first—beginning with the abdominal cavity, then the thorax, and finally the head and the extremities. A dissection…