University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Monotone reproduction print of a painting affixed to heavy paper; depicts a group of seven surgeons looking on as physician Nicolaes Tulp leads an anatomy lesson on a cadaver; text on front in Dutch and French; appears to be removed from frame; embossed line around perimeter of print with wide plai…
Monotone reproduction print of a painting affixed to heavy paper; depicts a group of seven surgeons looking on as physician Nicolaes Tulp leads an anatomy lesson on a cadaver; text on front in Dutch and French; appears to be removed from frame; embossed line around perimeter of print with wide plain border; paper still flexible.
"Rembrandt van Ryn pinoc 1632 // T de Frey f: aquforti 1798 // DEMONSTRATION ANATOMIQUE, // faite par le celebre Medicine Nicolas Tulp. // Profesfeur d'anatomic a Amsterdam, l'An 1683 // le tableau original se trouve au Theatre // anatomique d'Amsterdam."; repeated in Dutch
Storage Room 2005
2005-1-3 Box D
Unit Of Measure
Heavily foxed and yellowed paper; missing minor piece on bottom edge and 1.5 cm tear at upper left edge
Zygmont, Bryon. “Rembrant, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp.” Khan Academy. Accessed February 23, 2017. https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/monarchy-enlightenment/baroque-art1/holland/a/rembrandt-the-anatomy-lesson-of-dr-tulp
The original portrait, painted by Dutch Baroque Rembrandt van Rijn in 1632, depicts a group of seven surgeons looking on as physician Nicolaes Tulp leads an anatomy lesson. It was commissioned to hang in the board room of the Guild of Surgeons, a group that Tulp had become a reader of three years before. Tulp is shown as the only man wearing a hat, showing his elevated position over his pupil, as he demonstrates how arm muscles are attached to the body using forceps. He was known to give theory lessons twice a week in Amsterdam with one public autopsy a year being conducted. The painting shows the 1632 autopsy that used the body of a criminal, an executed thief named Adriaen het Kint as their cadaver. The surgeon in the centre towards the back holds a sheet of paper that lists the names of all the men in participating in the lesson, many of whom would have paid for the honor of being included in the composition.
Though it was one of Rembrandt’s earlier works, The Anatomy Lesson remains one of his most well-known paintings; the skill is evident in the expressive, recognizable faces of the surgeons and the dynamic contrast between light and dark. Rembrandt does, however, some artistic liberties, particularly as the surgeon would have begun with opening the chest cavity in an autopsy as opposed to beginning with an arm.
This was also one of the first painting that Rembrandt signed with his forename as opposed to RHL which he had used on previous ones, likely showing his increasing confidence in his artistic abilities.
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. J. Hannah of Toronto; Dr. Weston L. Herriman.
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UHN artefact files;
This artefact is part of a set of surgical instruments belonging to Dr. Weston L. Herriman, who was one of the first nine students who graduated in 1855 from the newly formed School of Medicine at the Church of Scotland-affiliated University of
Queen's College (1854, Kingston, Ont.). The nine senior students had transferred from the Anglican Upper Canada School of Medicine (Toronto) to the new school at Queen's.
Tan paper covered soft covered booklet that discusses important sex hygiene information for mothers and daughters; stapled together with two staples visible on the spine; front cover contains the title, editor, and distributor information, whereas the back cover provides information on the Hygieni…
Tan paper covered soft covered booklet that discusses important sex hygiene information for mothers and daughters; stapled together with two staples visible on the spine; front cover contains the title, editor, and distributor information, whereas the back cover provides information on the Hygienic Productions staff and office locations; x96 pages discuss sex hygiene in great length, but the last four pages provide information on matters pertaining to the Hygienic Productions of Canada, such as the staff, information on how to get involved with the group, etc.; chapter titles include: Children;s Sex Problems; The age of Puberty; Treatment of Masterbation; Female Sex Organs; Male Sex Organs; Process of Menstruation; The Age of Menopause; Harmony in Marriage; For a Happy Marriage; Rhythmic Sex Cycles; How to Determine Pregnancy; Should You Bear Children?; How Children are Born; Care During Pregnancy; Care During COnfinement; Control of Sex; Abortions are Dangerous; Control of Leuchorra; Care of Sexual Organs; Frigidity in Women; Sterility on Women; Woman's Sexual Duties; Diseases of Women; Facts About Sterilization; How to Live Happy Life; Forty and After; Social Diseases Increase; Marriage and Finances; Children out of Wedlock.
On the front: "MOTHER AND // DAUGHTER // A Digest for Women and Growing // Girls, which Completely Covers // the Field of Sex Hygiene // EDITED BY // MILDRED A. HORN // Prepared from Information Compiled // by Eminent Medical and Hygiene // Authorities of Three Continents. // DISTRIBUTED BY // HYGIENIC PRODUCTIONS OF CANADA // 26 QUEEN ST. EAST TORONTO, ONTARIO"
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Binder B pg 6 b
Unit Of Measure
Shows lots of handling and front cover loose at staples; minor stains everywhere; paper yellowed; some of the pages are also suffering from minor rips and tears, especially the front cover
Placental auger, metal (nickel-plated?); concave handle and 1½ spiral at the other end, blunt.
Number Of Parts
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. Newton Albert Powell (d. 1935).
Date is uncertain
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Length 29.8 cm x Width 4.5 cm
Similar instrument found in Betz catalogue, p. 177, item # 3N1085; CD #UHN
Dr. Powell died in 1935; this material might have been a bequest. Used for miscarriages, etc. "An atrocious invention. . . . Fit only as a horrible example in a Museum--even in a church fellowship meeting I would not speak to any man who used these." - N.A. Powell