Category Archives: Heart

Anatomia Humani Corporis

Considered as an artistic meditation on anatomy, Gerard de Lairesse’s designs are a total departure from the idealistic tradition inaugurated by the Vesalian woodcuts. They are also worlds apart from the productions of the Fialetti-Casserio collaboration. Lairesse displayed his figures with everyday realism and sensuality, contrasting the raw dissected parts of the body with the full, soft surfaces of undissected flesh surrounding them; placing flayed, bound figures in ordinary nightclothes or bedding; setting objects such as a book, a jar, a crawling fly in the same space as a dissected limb or torso. He thus brought the qualities of Dutch still-life painting into anatomical illustration, and gave a new, darker expression to the significance of dissection. De Lairesse’s images of dissected pregnancies and premature infants also reflect compassion–a quality unusual in art that was intended primarily to be scientific. (from Christies – link)

Image from lebody.tumblr (link). Anatomia Humani Corporis, Centum & Quinque Tabulis – Govard Bidloo, 1685.

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Cardiomyopathy is the measurable deterioration of the function of the myocardium (the heart muscle) for any reason, usually leading to heart failure; common symptoms are dyspnea (breathlessness) and peripheral edema (swelling of the legs). People with cardiomyopathy are often at risk of dangerous forms of irregular heart beat and sudden cardiac death. (from wikipedia)

Image from wikipedia (link). Image originally from CDC, taken by Dr. Edwin P. Ewing, Jr. (1972)

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Heart Anatomy Stamp

Human heart, designed by Czech painter Josef Istler (1919-2000), combined engraved by Jan Mrácek and photogravure, and issued by Czechoslovakia on July 10, 1964 to publicize the Fourth Congress of the European Society of Cardiology in Prague, Scott No. 1252. (link stampcommunity)

CZECHOSLOVAKIA – CIRCA 1964: A stamp printed in Czechoslovakia shows Human Heart, 4th European Cardiological Congress at Prague, circa 1964. (link)

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pacemaker (or artificial pacemaker) is a medical device that uses electrical impulses, delivered by electrodes contacting the heart muscles, to regulate the beating of the heart. The primary purpose of a pacemaker is to maintain an adequate heart rate, either because the heart’s native pacemaker is not fast enough, or there is a block in the heart’s electrical conduction system. (adapted from wikipedia)

Image from AnatomyBox.    Image of dual chamber pacemaker in an 81 year old man.

Dual-chamber pacemaker. Here, wires are placed in two chambers of the heart. One lead paces the atrium and one paces the ventricle. This type more closely resembles the natural pacing of the heart by assisting the heart in coordinating the function between the atria and ventricles.

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