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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.

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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.

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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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