nedeľa, 10. februára 2008

Citát na dnes

"Trouble's name was Herophilus. Dubbed the Father of Anatomy, he was the first physician to dissect human bodies. While Herophilus was indeed a dedicated and tireless man of science, he seems to have lost his bearings somewhere along the way. Enthusiasm got the better of compassion and common sense, and the man took to dissecting live criminals. According to one of his accusers, Tertullian, Herophilus vivisected six hundred prisoners. To be fair, no eyewitness account or papyrus diary entries survive, and one wonders whether professional jealousy played a role. After all, no one was calling Tertullian the Father of Anatomy."

- Mary Roach, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2003), s.40

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