'Complex Systems' of the Body: Drawing Organs
In some manuscripts, the 'simple systems' of the body are followed by the 'complex systems': the male genitalia, female genitalia, the stomach and digestive system, and the brain and ocular system. While the five figures of the simple systems are almost identical in each manuscript, the surviving copies of the complex systems differ. As demonstrated by the below comparison of the female reproductive systems (Bodleian MS Ashmole 399 and MS Wellcome 49), the later copies of the complex-systems diagrams are more abstract.
Although barely any images of the complex systems exist, particularly those of the uterus, penis and stomach, diagrams of the brain and eyes are more popular and exist separate to the Nine-System Figure Series.