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This anatomical specimen was dissected out, prepared, and mounted by Oliver Wendel Holmes between 1830 - 1849 to display the first two intercostal arteries.

These two photographs show Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) in his office in 1890. Two of Holmes’ chambered nautilus shells are visible on top of the bookcase.

Following Holmes’ resignation of his professorship at Harvard, the physicians of New York hosted a public dinner in his honor. Each guest was given a mock telegram from “The American Rabid Telegraph Company,” quoting lines from…
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