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Slithering symbolism

A bearded man wears a long robe with a bare chest; in his hand, he holds a wooden staff with a serpent coiled around it. Does this figure ring any bells? If not, you clearly have not heard of Asclepios.  The legend of Asclepios Original file by Michael F. Mehnert, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons Asclepios represents the ...

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Slicing and dicing – how we messed up in the history of dissection

A scene in pencil or charcoal. A young man attempts to keep closed a door being pushed open by a hoard of people. Those inside the room seem to be gathered around something (presumably a cadaver)

Dissection is an important part of every doctor’s education. It’s unimaginable to go through med school without cutting open a few kindly donated corpses – because how else to observe the inner workings of the human body before you go about fixing it? Dissection has yielded countless discoveries about how we work and, on an individual level, helps aspiring doctors ...

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What makes a scientist? Antonie van Leeuwenhoes and the lenses that changed our view of the world.

Scientists do science. Artists make art. Writers write. Right? You cannot get scientific credit without the long slog through a lengthy education, and dodging the daily struggles of academia. Or can you? What happens when contributions come from an “outsider”? What makes a scientist? And who decides? Story by: Caitrin Crudden In the 17th century, our view of the world ...

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