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Icones oculi humani

Soemmerring plate 7
Icones oculi humani, Samuelis Thomae Soemmerring.
Francofurti ad Moenum : Varrentrapp et Wenner, 1804.
STORE 188:31

This book not only demonstrates the connection between anatomy and art but also how books move from one library to another. It was first given to G.W. Humphry, professor of anatomy in Cambridge 1866-1883, as a prize for proficiency in anatomy and physiology while a student at St. Bartholomew’s. The book has a stamp from the Anatomy Department Library and a bookplate from the Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy. It has then found its new home here at the Whipple.

Samuel Thomas von Sömmerring (1755-1830) was a well-known and respected German neuro-anatomist. He had many interests outside anatomy, including building an electric telegraph, looking for dinosaur fossils, the work of Francis Gall (1758-1828), and publishing a book on the negative health effects of wearing corsets.

     

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