Spring 2020 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.  


—See Wikipedia for more info.

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MSU Summer 2020 SEMESTER

WEEK 1 (of 9) ANNOUNCEMENTS:

(from Monday, May 25     to     Friday, May 29)

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  • Are you LOST trying to complete a class online?  ...You should email me at aaron.ament@minotstateu.edu


  • 1 or 2 timesevery day, you should check three things for new info on your course:
    • Blackboard.
    • This Website.
    • Your MSU email.


  • GO TO BLACKBOARD for your class to:
    • Take a lab quiz.
    • Take a lecture exam.
    • Take lab final practical exam.
    • Take a lecture final exam.
    • Check your grades on any of the above.  Not in Blackboard are grades from before the beginning of the Coronavirus Pandemic... those are in my Grade Book.  If you are lost trying to figure out your current point total in a course, just email me.  No points will be lost due to a missed dissection time.


  • STAY ON THIS WEBSITE to:
    • Read your class Syllabus (course calendar is here too).
    • Watch all lecture videos.
    • Watch all lab videos.
    • Find all lab PDF handouts/worksheets.
    • Find all practice questions for lecture exams.
    • Find all histology slide PDFs (in the "Slide Box" tab).​


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Last Updated:  Monday, May 25, 2020 at 1:00 AM

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