VAN DER SPIEGHEL STUDIED AT PADUA UNDER GIROLAMO FABRIZIO (1537-1619) AND GIULIO CASSERIO (1552-1616) AND GRADUATED ARROUND 1604 TILL MASTER IN MEDICINE. IN 1612 HE LEFT ITALY FOR BELGIUM. HE REMAINED THERE BRIEFLY, HOWEVER, THEN TRAVELLED THROUGH GERMANY AND FINALLY SETTLED IN BOHEME. SOON AFTERWARDS HE BECAME MEDICUS PRIMARIUS OF BOHEMIA. ON DECEMBER 22, 1616, THE VENETIAN SENATE APPOINTED SPIEGHEL PROFESSOR OF ANATOMY AND SURGERY. HE HAD BEEN NOMINATED TO THIS POSITION BY THE VENETIAN PATRICIAN, GIUSTINIANI, VENETIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE EMPEROR IN PRAGUE WHEN SPIEGHEL WAS THERE. THIS PRINT GIVES AN IMPRESSION OF THE ANATOMY OF THE DORSALE BODY MUSSELS. TABULA II LIB. I 9.
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Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.
As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.