Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus
1774. Copperplate engraving. National Library of Medicine.
An eminent anatomist and obstetrician, Hunter confined himself
to a specific topic (late pregnancy) and "subject" (the
dissection of a woman who died near the end of term). Illustrations
that represent only "what was actually seen," Hunter argued,
will carry "the mark of truth" and be "almost as
infallible as the object itself."
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