Print showing the brain and blood vessels of the human body, Paris, France, 1678
The blood vessel system and the structure of the brain in the human body is shown next to a cut-away of a female body. 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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The enlarged and highly developed mass of nervous tissue that forms the upper end of the central nervous system. The average adult human brain weighs about 1400 g (approximately 2% of total body weight) and is continuous below with the spinal cord. It is responsible for the coordination and control of bodily activities and the interpretation of information from the senses (sight, hearing, smell, etc.)
A branch of medical science concerned with the structure of living organisms.
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.