SUMMER 2019 Semester

Dr. Aaron Ament

Instructor, Cadaver Lab Supervisor

Department of Biology

Minot State University

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt.  This 1632 oil painting on canvas shows Dr. Tulp, a Dutch surgeon and the mayor of Amsterdam demonstrating a dissection of the left forearm and palm.  The book in the lower right corner is likely the 1543 ​De Humane Corporis Fabrica by Andreas Vesalius.  The corpse is Aris Kindt, who was convicted for armed robbery and hanged—then dissected later that same day.  It was common at the time to strictly limit cadaver dissection to executed criminals and sometimes unclaimed bodies. A close examination of the navel reveals the shape of a capital letter "R"—the signature of the artist (who was 26 at the time).  The poster on the back wall is also signed and dated by the artist.  Rembrandt incorrectly painted the flexor compartment muscles originating off the lateral epicondyle of the humerus instead of the medial epicondyle.  

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MSU Summer 2019 SEMESTER


(from Monday, July 15    to    Friday, July 19)


  • Lab Quiz #6 is on Thursday, July 18th.  BIOL 220 has a quiz on the brain and BIOL 221 has a quiz on the digestive system.

  • Final Exam week is coming up quick!  Be sure to study and work on relevant practice questions all the way till the last day!

Last Updated:  Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 10:00 PM