Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D., Adel K. Afifi, M.D., Paul M. Heidger,
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Shekleton's (ca. 1820) dissection of the digital branches of the median nerve demonstrating numerous, bulbous pacinian corpuscles is shown in this illustration. The illustration was published in 1848 in a book entitled Treatise on the Pathology, Diagnosis and Treatment of Neuroma, by R. W. Smith.
These end-organs are the only sensory receptors that are large enough to be identified and dissected in the anatomy laboratory. They should be looked for when dissecting the palm of the hand and fingers.
Pacini was a nineteenth-century Italian anatomist, Vater was an eighteenth-century German anatomist and botanist, and Shekleton was a nineteenth-century Irish anatomist.
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