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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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Exhibit Information

Dream Anatomy is no longer on display at the National Library of Medicine.

Dream Anatomy (October 9, 2002 to July 31, 2003) was mainly drawn from the National Library of Medicine's extensive historical collections. The Library's resources for historical scholarship in medicine and related sciences are among the richest of any institution in the world. Collected over many years, the material in the History of Medicine Division provides researchers with sources both rare in availability and exhaustive in scope.

To learn about the current exhibition on display at the Library please visit Plan a Visit page, where current shows are listed on left column. You can schedule a free, guided tour of the exhibition by contacting us at 301.594.1947 or

Man in profile, with full head of hair, eyes closed. Below the chin, he is dissected to show spine, ribs, heart and other organs