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Bodies beyond borders : moving anatomies, 1750-1950 / edited by Kaat Wils, Raf de Bont, Sokhieng Au.

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The human body in scientific and artistic representations. Around 1800 anatomy as a discipline rose to scientific prominence as it undergirded the Paris-centred clinical revolution in medicine. Although classical anatomy gradually lost ground in the following centuries in favor of new disciplines based on microscopic analysis, general anatomy nevertheless remained pivotal in the teaching of medicine. Corpses, anatomical preparations, models, and drawings were used more intensively than ever before. Moreover, anatomy received new forms of public visibility. Through public exhibitions and lectures in museums and fairgrounds, anatomy became part of general education and secured a place in popular imagination. As such, the anatomical body developed into a production site for racial, gender, and class identities. Both within the medical and the public sphere, art and science continued to be closely intertwined in anatomical representations of the body. 'Bodies Beyond Borders' analyzes the notion of circulation in anatomy. Following anatomy through different locations and cultural domains permits a deeper understanding of its history and its changing place in society. The essays in this collection focus on a wide variety of circulating ideas and objects, ranging from models and body parts to illustrations and texts.


Leuven, Belgium : Leuven University Press, [2017]

Physical description

304 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 23 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references.


Introduction: Moving anatomies, 1750-1950 / Sokhieng Au, Raf de Bont, Kaat Wils -- 1. Centers and peripheries. Artisans, patrons, and enlightenment: the circulation of anatomical knowledge in Paris, St. Petersburg, and London / Margaret Carlyle -- Anatomy and sociability in nineteenth-century Belgium / Joris Vandendriessche -- Corpse stories: anatomy, bodies and a colonial world / Helen MacDonald -- Anatomical collecting and tropical medicine in the Belgian Congo / Sokhieng Au -- 2. Academic and public knowledge. Imitating anatomy: recycling anatomical illustrations in nineteenth-century atlases / Veronique Deblon -- Alternative anatomy: the popular lectures of Constant Crommelinck in Brussels (1850--1880) / Tinne Claes -- "Specimens calculated to shock the soundest sleeper": deep layers of anatomical racism circulated on-board the Louisiana Health Exhibit Train / Stephen C. Kenny -- 3. Art and medicine. International anatomies: teaching visual literacy in the Harvard Lecture Hall / Naomi Slipp -- Shaking the tyranny of the cadaver: Doctor Paul Richer and the "Living Écorché" / Natasha Ruiz-Gómez -- Animating the anatomical specimen: textbook anatomy and the incorporation of photography in JCB Grant's "An atlas of anatomy" / Kim Sawchuk -- About the authors -- Gallery with color plates.


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    History of Medicine DA.AA7-9


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