Human Dissection

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The construction of multiple universities across Europe triggered human dissection's return to the scientific community in the 12th century. (Siraisi 2005). Centuries had passed since the last officially sanctioned human dissection, and the practice finally returned when Mondino de Liuzzi dissected a human body in Bologna, Italy, and although this dissection did mark the practice’s return to the academic field, its procedure is also worth noting. At this time, dissections were performed by three people with very specific roles (Ghosh 2015). One, known as the lector, would read from a book written by a respected member of the field, another, called the Ostensor, would direct the dissection, and the third, the barber, would carry out the process (Ghosh 2015). These dissections, while important to the field in the sense that they increased interest, did not often lead to anatomical discoveries because the lector did not have a way to closely examine the body (Joutsivuo).…show more content…
These regulations were put in place both to help the idea of human dissection grow, and to keep the process from becoming too dubious (Aufderheide 2003). For example, in the 14th century, it was the people holding back the practice of dissection, not the church (Park 2009). To ease the people’s concerns, the church gave permission and also released a clear set of rules and regulations to keep dissection acceptable (Numbers 2009). This eased the people’s minds, and protests quickly began to lose their numbers across Europe (Numbers 2009). When anatomists began to acquire bodies through less desirable means, such as by trading for corpses of soldiers killed during the Holy Wars, the Church quickly put an end to the process with a Papal Bull (Park
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