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Tomfoolery and Humor

Medical students occasionally made prank photographs with a humorous intent. A popular subject is having the cadaver join in a card game. Another variant features a role reversal: the medical student on the dissection table, attended by cadavers. These are often favorite images from the dissection collection, and there are a great number of them! For more, see the book: Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880-1930

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