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The anatomy lesson of Dr Tulp.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15978319     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The anatomy lesson of Dr Tulp is one of the most famous paintings by Rembrandt. A detailed examination of the scene leads us to believe that Dr Tulp was demonstrating the function of the flexor digitorum superficialis. Therefore, the painting is a true lesson in physiology which is in keeping with the spirit of the 17th century, which was the century in which the modern theory of movement in physics evolved. The anatomy lesson of Dr Tulp also symbolizes the break with the descriptive anatomy of Vesalius which occurred during this century.
A C Masquelet
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article     Date:  2005-02-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of hand surgery (Edinburgh, Scotland)     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0266-7681     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hand Surg Br     Publication Date:  2005 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-06-27     Completed Date:  2005-11-15     Revised Date:  2009-06-08    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8403839     Medline TA:  J Hand Surg Br     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  379-81     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Orthopaedic, Traumatologic and Reconstructive Surgery, Hospital Avicenne, Bobigny, France.
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MeSH Terms
Anatomy / history*
Famous Persons*
History, 17th Century
Medicine in Art*
Paintings / history*
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
Nicolas Tulp; Rembrandt
Comment In:
J Hand Surg Br. 2005 Dec;30(6):661; author reply 661-2   [PMID:  16253710 ]

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