Science Art: Diagram to Show the Destination of the Arterial Arches in Man and Mammals. (Modified from Rathke. )

Scientific illustration of arterial arches, the blood vessels around the heart that look like a drawing of a heart

Scientific illustration of arterial arches, the blood vessels around the heart that look like a drawing of a heartClick to embiggen

This is an anatomical drawing of the blood vessels around the heart, but it’s odd to me how much it looks like a simple drawing of a heart, a Valentines heart, with wings. The colored vessels are permanent, the text says, and the diagram appeared in a chapter on development of the heart. Maybe the Valentines heart is a potential heart, a heart not yet made. Or maybe it’s just wishful thinking.

I found this in Quain’s Anatomy (1898) on archive.org.

Happy Easter to those who observe.