Coloured medieval drawing of human venous system

Coloured medieval drawing of human venous system

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Credit: MEHAU KULYK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Medieval venous system. Computer-enhanced folio from a 13th century book showing the blood circulation (veins) of a frog-like human figure. The written text is in latin. Figures in anatomical drawings of the time were usually placed in frog-like postures. Veins are depicted as thin lines running down the arms, legs, into the head, and criss-crossing at a central small heart. The heart lies over a larger round stomach, while a coiled intestine and leaf-like liver of the digestive system are also seen. The accuracy of this medieval anatomy is crude and schematic. Taken from the Ashmole manuscript 399, Bodleian Library, Oxford.

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Keywords: 13th c., 13th c. anatomy, 13th c. drawing, 13th century, anatomy, art, artwork, blood circulation, digestive system, frog men, historical, historical image, human body, imagery, medieval anatomy, medieval artwork, vein, veins, venous system, whole body

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