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Skeleton of a boy sitting on the 'D' of 'Dream', from Francesco Bertinatti, Elementi di anatomia fisiologica applicata alle belle arti figurative (Turin, 1837-39).  Artist: Mecco Leone. Lithograph
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A praying skeleton.  From Mary S. Gove, Lectures to ladies on anatomy and physiology (Boston, 1842). Wood engraving.

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Lectures to ladies on anatomy and physiology

Boston, 1842. Wood engraving. National Library of Medicine

Mary S. Gove

Gove argued that women needed to learn human anatomy as a crucial aid to moral and intellectual improvement, a controversial point in 1842. The praying skeleton — also used in William A. Alcott’s landmark popular anatomy, The House I Live In (1832) — is copied from William Cheselden’s 1713 Anatomy of the Humane Body.

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