Anatomy Lesson

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The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Willem van der Meer        Michiel van Miereveld  1617

The history of the body is closely linked to the history of medicine. It is a story of the flattening of the body, bringing what is inside, hidden, to the outside, spreading it onto another surface. The drive is to make the body two-dimensional, all surface. It marches in step with the modern cult of the individual. Individualization is a surgical procedure, a separation from the larger Body.

The Anatomy Lesson by Krishen Khanna 1972


"A chance to cut is a chance to cure."

       ––anonymous, olld maxim of surgeons

Thinking about an implant? You may want to read this review in the New Yorker (April 20, 2020) or even the book, The Invention of Surgery by David Schneider.





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I am I and my circumstance;

and, if I do not save it, I do not save myself.                       —JOSÉ ORTEGA Y GASSET

Changing the Conversation

I was born. I am always a vessel for something other than myself. The self is only a

vehicle for Foreign matter which comes from elsewhere and is destined to go on

elsewhere without me, whether it's words, smells, vision                                                      ––EMANUELE COCCIA  Metamorphoses

The Story Teller

Now, more than ever . . . our place in the universe and the place of the universe in us, is proving to be one of active relationship. That is more than a scientist's credo. The separateness of our lives is a sham. Physics, mathematics, music, painting, my love for you, my work, the star-dust of my body, the spirit that impels it, my politics,  clocks diurnal, time perpetual, the roll, rough, tender, swamping, liberating, breathing, moving, thinking nature, human nature and the cosmos are patterned together.

      —JEANETTE WINTERSON                Gut Symmetries

What you do, what you become, is not my concern.                      ROBERT MCCALL



Yes, there is beauty

There is love

There is joy.

All you who suffer from

the world's miseries

Defend them.

                         ––EEVA KILPI


"Don't immanentize the eschaton."  

                     ––ERIC VOEGELIN

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