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If you're in the UK or can use proxies to convince BBC iPlayer that you are, you can currently watch all five episodes of the BBC series The Beauty of Anatomy from 2014 on iPlayer.

(It's also available to buy online.)

It traces the development of knowledge in human anatomy through the use of art to illustrate and communicate anatomical knowledge, and to represent the work of anatomists.

Episodes cover Galen and Leonardo, Vesalius, Rembrandt and Ruysch, the Hunter brothers (the surgeon/anatomists behind the two Hunterian Museums in the UK), and Gray's Anatomy (the book, not the TV series ...).

So, very relevant to those of us who are anatomy geeks, and/or interested in how art represents human bodies (insides in particular).

I'm partway through watching, so can't provide content notes for the whole thing, but (predictably enough) there's footage of dissections during medical training and preserved human remains, and (in ep 3) a painting of a dissected dead baby.

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