Scanning Saint Amandus: Medical technologies and medieval anatomies

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Anatomy -- the practice of stripping back the body and revealing it, part by part, for discussion and debate -- is a process much explored by the medical humanities, and it presents rich intellectual and practical potential for medieval studies. Tracing anatomical tendencies in the actions of both modern practitioners and inhabitants of the medieval past, this article advocates for anatomy’s addition to the rostra of bodily discourses at the disposal of historians of medieval culture. Posited as a critical framework in its own right, notions of anatomy, autopsy, and a literal bodily reading offer us new ways of opening up medieval studies today in much the same way as medieval bodies were once opened on the slab.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218–233
Number of pages16
Journalpostmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies
Issue number2
Early online date19 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017


  • Medieval
  • Anatomy
  • Medical humanities
  • Art history
  • Amandus
  • Conservation

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