The Renaissance: The Practice Of Body Snatching And Dissence

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The Renaissance was an era of rebirth. People were learning new things and it is considered the most important period of time since the fall of Ancient Rome. People in the medical profession were still learning about the human body. This is where the practice of dissection and body snatching played a role in shaping future society. The practice of body snatching and dissection during the Renaissance era greatly impacted the study of human anatomy. During the Renaissance, people would dissect bodies as a way to expand their knowledge of the human body. The first person to do a public dissection was Herophilus (325-255 B.C.) in Alexandria. Herophilus was acknowledged as the father of anatomy for his discoveries of the difference between motor nerves and sensory nerves (“Gale Anatomy”). However, dissection and other parts of anatomy were important to many artists. They preserved the bodies that weren’t being used naturally through freezing or drying the bodies to a suitable temperature ready to be depicted by artists. Surgeons would often work with artists alongside with them, helping the artist get a visual of what they’re drawing. Eventually, the artists would soon learn to peel back successive layers of muscles, tendons and bone to get a better understanding of how to portray the human body accurately. Leonardo da Vinci created hundreds and hundreds of sketches of the human body, depicting sketches of the human body, revealing drawn out pictures of fetuses in the womb and

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