image asselius_g_de_lactibus_sive_lacteis_1627_001
Image number: RS.18026
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Lymphatic vessels

Date

1627

Creator

Unknown, Engraver

Object type

Library reference

25447

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (page): 425mm
width (page): 258mm

Subject

Biology
   > Anatomy

Content object

human body
   > organ

Description

Anatomical study of the abdomen of a dog, specifically the mesentery. The lymphatic vessels appear chyle-filled, suggesting the intestinal absorption of fat. The stomach ['D'] portrudes above, and the main body of the intestine is visble on the left [as viewed].

Inscribed below: 'T I'
Verso inscription: 'R.Nesbitt M.D.'

Plate 1 from the posthumous De lactibus sive lacteis venis... (Milan, 1627), by Gaspare Aselli; the first comprehensive study of the lacteals. Its plates are considered to be the first colour anatomic plates ever published.

Gaspare Aselli (1581-1627) Italian surgeon and natural philosopher was not a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Associated place

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      > Italy