By the way, if you haven’t yet explored the NLM’s online exhibitions, you really should! Among the many highlights, is the “Dream Anatomies” exhibition. A visually stunning and informative look into early anatomy and dissection.
And to answer the question about whether mandrakes scream…first-hand experience suggests they don’t. We tried it out at a local nature preserve, where mandrakes grow freely in the lush hills of the south. Darn!