Selected writings of A. Jackson Howe.
Evidently believing that the humor of the situation, if not the biographic facts, will be remembered, Dr. Howe occasionally contributed short historic paragraphs of this type. As the anatomical balance is heavy in this production, it ought to serve to fix indelibly in the reader's mind the anatomical points involved.—Ed. Gleaner.
DIVINELY INCLINED.—Adrian Spigel, whose name has been rendered "immortal" among anatomists through its attachment to a small lobe of the liver—lobus spigelii—was a Belgian physician, and made professor at Padua in 1616, succeeding Casserius. The hepatic lump, accidently found, was first described by Sylvias, and sixty years in advance of Spigel's studies. A peculiarity of Spigel was that he manifested great religious zeal, ascribing peculiar features of the human body to the Almighty's great love for mankind. He thought that the gluteal muscles were made large that man might have a comforting cushion while, in a sitting posture, he was contemplating the wisdom of his Creator.—HOWE, Eclectic Medical Journal, 1888.