image asselius_g_de_lactibus_sive_lacteis_1627_004
Image number: RS.18029
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Abdomen of a dog

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 liver [above - 'O'] and the gallbladder [below - 'P']. Chyle-filled lymphatic vessels are visible entering the liver and the gallbladder, suggesting the transfer of fat from the intestine.

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

Plate 4 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