The Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus
Birmingham, 1774. Copperplate engraving. National Library of Medicine.
Jan van Riemsdyk
An eminent anatomist and obstetrician, Hunter confined himself to a specific topic (late pregnancy) and "subject" (the dissection of a woman who died near the end of term). Illustrations that represent only "what was actually seen," Hunter argued, will carry "the mark of truth" and be "almost as infallible as the object itself."