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Dissection

Monday, December 07, 2009

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Instrument cases and a book have been opened up and arranged on stools in front of the dissection scene. The prominent display of books in many of these photographs registered not only the importance of the anatomy book as a guide for dissecting but perhaps also the students’ reading of the liber corporum, the book of the body.
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Inscribed on a chalkboard in the background are the names of the students—and cadaver, which has card no. 10 in hand—and “Be happy while you live you are a long time dead.” In foreground: “She lived for others but died for us. / Gone to heaven / I hope / 1908 Sunday 1909/ No removeing of gloves to roll cigaretts. / Dont dodge human missles. /Meet me in the ‘sweet’ bye and bye / The Lord giveth, we taketh away/ Milk Clean and Cold.”
“Here lies ‘McGinty’ ” is written on the negative along the side of the dissecting table. The leg of another cadaver is perched on the windowsill to the right with a hat hanging from the foot.
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“Here lies ‘McGinty’ ” is written on the negative along the side of the dissecting table. The leg of another cadaver is perched on the windowsill to the right with a hat hanging from the foot.
Used by permission of Blast Books, Inc.
Once removed from dissection, the students at this daughter school of Mount Holyoke studied hygiene, anatomy, and physiology with the use of a skeleton, manikin, and the plaster casts that appear behind the tableau. The instructor probably was Robert L. Rea, M.D., who was resident at the women’s college and later became professor of anatomy at Rush Medical College in Chicago.
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A standing skeleton joins seated cadavers, preparing to dissect a sleeping medical student. Iconographic elements that by 1906 had become common-place in dissecting room group portraiture are gathered together in this scene: the book propped open on the “subject’s” feet, the skull resting on a stool in front of the table, and a pipe fitted between the skull’s teeth.

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