book Old & New Edinburgh, published 1890, reports:
1790, a theatre for the dissection and an anatomical museum were
erected in Surgeon's Square by Dr John Bell, the eminent
anatomist, who was born in the city on the 12 May 1763, and who
most successfully applied the science of anatomy to practical
surgery - a profession to which, curiously enough, he had from his
birth been devoted by his father."