Ongoing Exhibit, "Body of Knowledge, A History of Anatomy {in 3 Parts}" - runs March 6 - December 5


Saturday, November 15, 2014 (All day)


Special Exhibition Gallery, Science Center, Harvard University, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

Exhibit: "Body of Knowledge, A History of Anatomy {in 3 Parts}"
Dates: Exhibit will run from March 6, 2014 - December 5, 2014
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"Body of Knowledge" explores the act of anatomizing not as a process of mapping a finite arrangement of bodily structures, but as a complex social and cultural activity. By means of a diachronic perspective, the exhibit narrative cuts through the multiplicity of anatomical practices, presenting three important moments in the history of anatomy: sixteenth century dissections and anatomical drawings, nineteenth century anatomical practices, and contemporary use of both cadavers and digital technology for anatomic education. "Body of Knowledge" hopes to capture the complexity of the many people, places, and meanings involved in human dissection.

"Body of Knowledge" in the Media
Getting Ready for Their Closeup, Countway Library of Medicine News Online
"Head of the Class," Harvard Medical School News Online

"New Exhibit Explores History and Science of Human Dissection," Harvard Crimson, 3/7/2014
"Exquisite, Disturbing Objects From 500 Years of Human Anatomical Science," WIRED Magazine, 3/10/20134
"Medical curiosities in new Harvard Museums exhibit,", 3/11/014
"Bodies of Knowledge," Campus News, Harvard Magazine Online, 3/14/2014
"Body Exhibit," Harvard Gazette, 4/24/2014

"Body of Knowledge" Related Links
Warren Anatomical Museum, Countway Library, Harvard Medical School
Submissions for "Body of Knowledge..." from the Center of the History of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.
View an annotated digital volume of the 'De Humani Corporis Fabrica' by Andreas Vesalius online.
Read a contemporary account of the Tewksbury Almshouse Scandal.

Sponsored by
The David P. Wheatland Charitable Trust
The Ackerman Program on Medicine & Culture
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Harvard Museums of Science and Culture

For complete exhibit details visit:

See also: 2014