Whatever he touches, lies already dead on the dissecting table, and his skill is that of the analytical pathologist.
It is the crowning merit of the author that he never ceases to be an impartial spectator - a cold and curious critic. We might compare him to an anatomist, with knife and scalpel dissecting the dead body of Italy, and pointing out the symptoms of her manifold diseases with the indifferent analysis of one who has no moral sensibility.
Some had the rare courage to investigate the mysterious disease by dissecting the bodies of the dead.
He even went as far as dissecting human corpses to understand how the body worked.