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A cross-section of a human brain 
1880s (late) 
  
Platinum print 
7 1/8 x 5 3/8 ins 
  
Cornell University Library 
Burt Green Wilder Collection 
  
 
LL/44747 
  
Curatorial comment from "Dawn's Early Light: The First 50 Years of American Photography", October 20, 2011 - May 4, 2012, Hirshland Exhibition Gallery in Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell University
 
Photography gave science a new way to record specimens. Burt Green Wilder (1841-1925) was a comparative anatomist and professor at Cornell University from 1867 to 1910. This platinum print shows a cross-section of a human brain, one of over 600 specimens in Wilder's collection, to which his own brain was added after his death. 
 

 
  
 
  
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