A lot of our books have gorgeous title pages. While the title page from Andreas Vesalius’ Fabrica is probably the most spectacular example from a medical book, other anatomical texts also show scenes relating to dissection and medical education. This one is from a copy of Thomas Bartholin’s Anatomia, and shows pictures of dissecting implements on the wall while a fully assembled skeleton looks down on the procedure. Note that the spectators are clustered closely around the corpse, and the lecturer is actually touching the corpse’s leg - a far cry from medieval anatomy lectures where the professor read from a text and instructed the barber or surgeon where to cut.
"Halloween, 1970. Today World War III will begin, as bought to you by the People of the Free Universe. From this day forward, anyone and/or everyone or company of persons who misuses the natural environment or destroys same will suffer the penalty of death by the People of the Free Universe. I and my comrades from this day forth will fight until death or freedom against anyone who does not support natural life on this planet. Materialism must die, or Mankind will stop."
On October 19, 1970, John Frazier murdered Dr. Victor Ohta, 45, his wife Virginia, 43, their two sons Taggart, 11, and Derrick, 12, and his secretary Dorothy Cadwallader, 38. He then tossed the bodies into the swimming pool.
When asked why he committed the murders, Frazier said that the Ohta’s were too materialistic and deserved to be snuffed.
Frazier committed suicide by hanging himself in his cell on August 13, 2009.
Amphibia and reptiles, by Hans Gadow. on Flickr.
Publication info London,Macmillan and co., limited,1901.
University of California Libraries
Is It an Enchantment; Is It an Illusion? (detail), Claude Gillot, ca. late 1600’s
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