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Deep Cuts: A History of Dissection

The role of the cadaver in medicine is largely hidden away in the modern world, but historically there are many depictions of the act of dissection. This two-week course with Human Remains Conservator Cat Irving will look at the history of dissection, and the role it has played in shaping the medical world. Starting with its brief flowering in ancient Alexandria, it will move through to its flourishing in the Italian states, and later ubiquity in the golden age of medicine, taking in murderers, body snatchers and the 1832 Anatomy Act along the way. It will also consider what depictions of dissection in art reveal – and hide – about this act.

Deep Cuts: A History of Dissection

The role of the cadaver in medicine is largely hidden away in the modern world, but historically there are many depictions of the act of dissection. This two-week course with Human Remains Conservator Cat Irving will look at the history of dissection, and the role it has played in shaping the medical world. Starting with its brief flowering in ancient Alexandria, it will move through to its flourishing in the Italian states, and later ubiquity in the golden age of medicine, taking in murderers, body snatchers and the 1832 Anatomy Act along the way. It will also consider what depictions of dissection in art reveal – and hide – about this act.

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