FALL 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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(from Monday, August 26    to    Friday, August 30)


  • Fall 2019 Syllabi have been posted for all classes.  I will print a hardcopy and hand them out on the first day of class.

  • There is NO LAB the first week of the semester... see the calendar in the syllabus for all the details for the entire semester.

  • Lecture PDFs have been updated to reflect the chapter numbers in the new book for BIOL 202, BIOL 220, and BIOL 221.  The content is similar to the previous books, just the chapter and pages differ... it's anatomy after all... there are no new muscles and bones left to discover!

Last Updated:  Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 11:00 PM