FALL 2019 Semester

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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Dr. Aaron Ament

Instructor, Cadaver Lab Supervisor

Department of Biology

Minot State University



(from Monday, September 16    to    Friday, September 20)


  • A whiteboard photo for BIOL 220 Lab 2 (Thursday at 7 PM with Dr. Ament) has been posted.

  • BIOL 202, Introductory Microbiology has their first Lecture Exam on Monday, September 16 at 7 PM.  It only covers chapter 1 as noted in the syllabus.  After the exam (and a short break) we will begin Chapter 2 lecture.

  • ​The SI (Supplemental Instructor) for BIOL 220, Dakota Brown has Guard Duty in September, but will be holding tutoring sessions via facebook live.  Here is the link.  See the facebook group for the days and times that Dakota has set up.  If you have any questions just send me an email.​  Also, on-site office hours at MSU are also available on Monday at 2 PM and Thursday at 8 AM.  email Kelli Sem at kelli.c.sem@ndus.edu for more tutoring time and location information.

Last Updated:  Sunday, September 16, 2019 at 10:30 PM