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Print showing adult and child skeletons, Paris, France, 1678

Different parts of the adult and child human skeleton are shown in this anatomical drawing. Measuring over one metre tall, this is one of sixteen plates of 'Nouvelles tables anatomiques' or 'New Anatomical Tables'. Each plate showing the layers of muscle, bone and blood vessels in the human body was drawn by Amé Bourdon (1683-1706), a French physician and anatomist, and engraved by Daniel Le Bossu. On the left hand side is a manuscript key to identify each part of the body. The work was published in 1679 and was probably used by medical students to learn anatomy, especially at a time when few bodies were available for dissection.

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    Glossary: print

    Pictorial works produced by transferring images by means of a matrix such as a plate, block, or screen, using any of various printing processes. When emphasizing the individual printed image, use "impressions." Avoid the controversial expression "original prints," except in reference to discussions of the expression's use. If prints are neither "reproductive prints" nor "popular prints," use just "prints."

    Glossary: anatomy

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    Glossary: dissection

    The cutting apart and separation of body tissues for the purposes of critical examination. Dissection of corpses is often carried out for the study of anatomy.