An mortis incertae signa minus incerta a chirurgicis quam ab aliis experimentis.
The uncertainty of the signs of death: and the danger of precipitae interments and dissections, demonstrated, I. from the known laws of the animal oeconomy, II. from the structure of the parts of the human body, and III. from a great variety of amusing and well-attested instances of persons who have return's to life in their coffins, in their graves, under the hands of the surgeons, and after they had remain'd apparently dead for a considerable time in the water; with proper directions, both for preventing such accidents, and repairing the misfortunes brought upon the constitution by them; to the whole is added, a curious and entertaining account of the funeral solemnities of many ancient and modern nations, exhibiting the precautions they made use of to ascertain the certainty of death.
London: Printed for M. Cooper, at the Globe in Paternoster-Row, 1746.
"Winslow's own anatomical studies combine a talent for making observations with systematic thoroughness. His best-known work was his Exposition anatomique de la structure du corps humain. It was the first treatise on descriptive anatomy, and, in its elimination of extraneous physiological details and hypothetical explanations, represented a pioneer work of exact scientific research. It was used by students and surgeons well into the following century" (Dictionary of Scientific Biography).
"Danish anatomist who became professor of physick, surgery and anatomy at the University of Paris. The foramen between the greater and lesser sac is named after him. He gave the name 'grand sympathetic' to the ganglion chain and called the smaller branches 'lesser sympathetic" (A Dictionary of the History of Medicine, Anton Sebastian).
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