Robert Hook's Dog/ Corpus Canus 2017

stained glass, wood, porcelain, paper, rhinestones, fake grass

"In 1664 Hooke cut away the chest of a dog in order to investigate its breathing. Lungs have no muscle within them; they expand and contract as a result of the movement of the chest wall that contains them. When that wall is removed, no breathing can take place since the muscular means for achieving it has been taken away. To keep the dog alive during his experiment, Hooke pushed a hollow cane down its throat and into its windpipe. He pumped with bellows for an hour, watching the lungs expand and contract in response. The dog, unable to control either its lungs or its throat, could not even whimper. Hooke was praised for his experiment but he refused 'to make any further trials of this kind because of the torture of the creature; but certainly the enquiry would be very noble, if we could find a way to stupefy the creature, as that it might not be sensible,'..." (Digging up the Dead- Uncovering the Life and Times of an Extraordinary Surgeon, Druin Burch, p77)