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From Juan de Valverde de Amusco: "Anatomia del corpe humano", copper-plate, Rome 1560.

Drawn by Gaspar Becerra, copper engraving by Nicolas Béatrizet. First known copper-engraving in a medical book. The knife implies that the figure has actually flayed himself and he is now holding his skin like some absurd garment. This image has also been called "The Man with the Mask".

Valverde did not perform dissections and relied heavily on Vesalius. "His illustrations are so well done it would look like envy or malignity not to take advantage of them", he wrote as an explanation to the reader of this book. Vesalius himself did not approve of such plagiarism, meaning that Valverde "never put his hand to a dissection and is ignorant of medicine" and that he "undertook to expound our art in the Spanish language only for the sake of shameful profit". (Quoted from Roberts & Tomlinson, The Fabric of the Body, 1992.)

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