History of Medicine
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La dissection des parties du corps humain...
Paris, 1546. Woodcut. National Library of Medicine.
Étienne de la Rivière
Draped over a table, an anatomical figure displays a cross-section of his brain while touching a frame that holds captions. In the background, spectators observe from atop a fanciful parapet. To cut costs, Estienne took some of his illustrations from non-anatomical books, replacing a section of the woodblock with an insert that depicted the body's interior. In this figure, the boundary of the insert is seen in a square around the head.
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