18th Century Anatomy Book

18th Century Anatomy Book

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Caption: Medical illustration from ''Tabulae sceleti et musculorum corporis humani,'' by Bernhard Siegfried Albinus (i.e. Weiss). Albinus was born in Frankfurt an der Oder on February 24, 1697, the son of the physician Bernhard Albinus (1653-1721). He studied in Leyden with such notable medical men as Herman Boerhaave, Johann Jacob Rau, and Govard Bidloo and received further training in Paris. He returned to Leyden in 1721 to teach surgery and anatomy and soon became one of the most well-known anatomists of the eighteenth century. He was especially famous for his studies of bones and muscles and his attempts at improving the accuracy of anatomical illustration. Among his publications were Historia muscolorum hominis (Leyden, 1734), Icones ossium foetus humani (Leyden, 1737), and new editions of the works of Bartholomeo Eustachio and Andreas Vesalius. Bernhard Siegfried Albinus died in Leyden on September 9, 1770. Bernhard Siegfried Albinus is perhaps best known for his monumental Tabulae sceleti.

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