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The Royal College of Surgeons of England

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Section of illustration of blood vessels in the neck


J C Loder's Tabulae anatomicae (1803)

Detail showing major blood vessels in the neck. Loder was a surgeon and anatomist, and acquaintance of John Hunter, founder of our Hunterian Museum.