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Sunday, October 1, 2017
Artificial Anatomy - People have always sought better ways to illustrate and understand the
structure and functions of the internal body. Before the discovery of
x-rays in 1895, the only practical way to see inside the human body was
to observe an operation or a dissection. Cultural and religious beliefs
about dissection often made the practice illegal, and even when
dissection was acceptable, cadavers were difficult to obtain.
Moreover, lack of refrigeration meant that bodies decayed swiftly.
Dissections had to be performed during the cooler months, and
were impossible in warmer climates. Frustrated in his studies,
a young French medical student devised an elegant solution—papier-mâché