History The Birth of the Anatomy Theater
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What does this 17th century etching of an anatomy theater show us?
That in the way it’s almost impossible to separate the history of religion from the history of science, it’s almost impossible to separate the history of science from the history of entertainment.If you happened to be in Europe in the 17th century, and also happened to be well-to-do, bored, and looking for something to do with your free time, one place to go was the anatomy theater. There you could meet friends, chat about how things are going in the world, and exchange gossip as the body of a dead prisoner is dissected and the cause of science is advanced.
Here’s another etching.
Indeed, it’s far better to be a living dog than a dead man.