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Timon Screech has been at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), part of the University of London, since completing his Ph.D. in Art History at Harvard in 1991. He has published widely on many aspects of Edo period art and culture, and has written several books in Japanese and English. He has also been visiting professor of Art History at the University of Chicago, and guest researcher at Gakushuin and Waseda Universities in Tokyo. He was elected to a Chair in the History of Art in 2006. Timon Screech's main current research project is related to the deification of the first shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the cult established for him at Nikko. His presentation on Japanese visual culture begins with the observation that anatomy was never considered central to the Sino-Japanese medical tradition, but it entered Japan in the eighteenth century in the form of European books. These were avidly used by Japanese physicians, some of whom attempted their own autopsies as a result. His presentation assesses what kind of visual knowledge might have been revealed in this way.