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    Posted 3 years ago

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    Let me just start by saying when trying to find a category to place this under, I was quite surprised that there is nothing for "scientific" or "medical", but there is for "frisbee". So, since it's printed, I placed it under "prints".

    This is a life sized 19th century anatomy teaching tool. It is beautifully chromolithographed on paper applied to cloth. The various sections open up to reveal the layers of human anatomy. Shown are just a couple of the many layers that can be opened. The entire thing is mounted in a mahogany case that folds in 1/2.

    Oddly, though clearly male, one of the fold out sections is a uterus and ovaries. Somewhat more bizarrely is that based upon my research, it found that in later versions, they even included a cutaway view of a gravid uterus. A true hermaphrodite?

    James White was a publisher, poet, etc. He was considered a bit of a Renaissance man in his day. In 1886, he founded a publishing company in NYC and this was one of his products.

    As indicated above, I've learned that it appears that there was more than one version of this. Mine is the earlier one which bears patent dates up to 1886. There are later ones that have patent dates from 1889 and a somewhat different looking guy.

    One can find additional info about these by searching on-line. Examples are in various medical school collections. One was even appraised on the American Antiques Roadshow I believe in 2012.


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    1. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
      Vert nice , But for anyone wondering it is not me :-)
    2. Newfld Newfld, 3 years ago
      Lol Mani, it crossed my mind but thought, wrong gender :) Groveland, a very interesting early anatomy picture, in the first pic the bug-shaped parts I assume are arteries (?), and think the male-female organs are probably because at the time, female bodies were so often modestly covered up
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      Looking in a mirror & it hasn't cleared up all my worries. Maybe you're on the wrong page. LMFAO !! OH! It's that fold mark. I hope !! LOL !!
    4. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
      i love these!!
    5. Tlynnie1942 Tlynnie1942, 3 years ago
      Very Cool!
    6. groveland, 3 years ago
      Thanks for everyone's interest and comments.

      The "bug shaped" areas on the manikin's right side are, I believe, depictions of paired arteries and veins as viewed through incisions in the skin. What appear to be the bug's legs are actually retractors holding the edges of the incisions apart.

    7. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
      what a great treasure! i love it! am green with envy...
    8. Gillian, 2 years ago
      Early medical students used cadavers to study anatomy. Wiki has an interesting article on the subject. The first female M.D. was Elizabeth Blackwell in 1849.

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