Dissections by the Royal Anatomist

By Troels Kardel During his sojourn in Copenhagen as Royal Anatomist 1672-74 Steno performed a number of dissections. The best known is his public dissection of a female corpse in the university’s Theatrum Anatomicum preceded by his inaugural address, the…

Extra material, new edition of Scherz's biography of Steensen

In 2013 Springer Verlag published an English translation of 34 scientific works by Niels Steensen and volume one of Gustav Scherz’s seminal biography of  Steensen (1987). This edition was edited and translated by Troels Kardel and Paul Maquet.  Extra material…

Guidelines for readers of the scientific papers by Niels Stensen

By Troels Kardel, MD Stensen’s active life in research lasted from 1660 to 1674. His 34 scientific works fall into two main categories: the anatomical works and the geological works. 33 of these were collected and edited in  Nicolai Stenonis…

The function of ovaries

By Hans Kermit Anatomists in Stensen’s time were aware of the ovaries and the fallopian tubes and of their function in  oviparous, or egg-laying, animals. The corresponding organs in mammals and humans had also been described, but were understood to…