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In a Spanish market place, 3 men hang from a gibbet after being shot. At scenes like this, surgeon-anatomists were often waiting ‘in the wings' which fuelled public hostility when the bodies were cut down and passed, usually, to the highest bidder. Although doctors made a point of drawing attention to the difference between an anatomical dissection and a post-mortem, it was believed by some that autopsies were not sufficiently valued as a teaching resource.

Coloured lithograph.