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Paolo Mascagni: "Anatomia universale", Florence, 1833.

Paolo Mascagni (1755-1815) worked already in his twenties at the university of Siena, where he studied the lymph vessels by injecting mercury into them, thus making them more visible. He published a couple of works on the lymphatic system, but his magnum opus was the "Anatomia universale", originally printed in an extremely large format, 95 x 68 cm, featuring fold-out plates of the body in real life-size. This is from a smaller folio edition prepared by Antonio Serantoni, printed 18 years after Mascagni's death, in 1833. One question arises, however: is this science — or is it art?

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