Reijnier de Graaf
One of the really interesting tidbits I found in writing this
manual was a statement that de Graaf did his dissections in "...a
room over the meat market at Leyden." One has to wonder why. Was it
the availability of cleavers, knives, and saws? Was it the
availability of facilities for disposal of wastes? Was it so that
the bodies he carved up could be easily disposed of?
that in the 17th Century most human dissection specimens were
obtained by robbing freshly dug graves, what happened to the
bodies? Obviously they couldn't be put back. Why did de Graaf choose to work in the meat market?
Some of the possibilities
of exactly how one might "dispose" of 50 kilos or so of human
"beef" (not to mention the easily recognizable offal) are more than a
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