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This chapter lists out the keywords and abstracts that occur in each chapter of the book Elegant Anatomy. The book outlines the institutional, historical and contemporary setting of the eighteenth-century Leiden anatomical collections and the place of the preparations. It also defines aesthesis as the core analytical concept for the book. Quests for beauty and perfection within epistemic cultures are almost always described as side effects to or subordinate to the process of obtaining knowledge. Then, the focus is on some of the oldest and most remarkable anatomical preparations: those of lymphatic vessels filled with a mercury amalgam. The book explores how medical men who were searching for perfection in nature understood deformity and monstrosity, how they dealt with them in the public debate, and how they chose to present them in their collections. Finally, the book deals with anatomical preparations that seem rather straightforward: bone preparations.

Keywords: aesthesis; anatomical preparations; eighteenth-century Leiden anatomical collections; epistemic cultures; lymphatic vessels; mercury amalgam

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