The Modern Prometheus

Boris Karloff in Frankenstein, directed by James Whale, 1931

Luigi Galvani, De viribus electricitatis in motu musculari commentarius, 1791

Political satirist at work with Galvanism, 1836

Frankenstein, directed by James Whale, 1931

Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay
To mould me Man, did I solicit thee
From darkness to promote me?

(John Milton, Paradise Lost)

Source: Galvani's frog, United States National Library of Medicine