Anatomical syringe set, cased, London, England, 1810-1872
Anatomical syringe sets were used to inject wax and other substances into body parts to preserve their structure. The resulting anatomical preparations were useful teaching aids in an age when there was a lack of bodies available for dissection. Made by Savigny & Co, this syringe can hold 6 fluid ounces (16 ml) of wax. The syringe comes with eight different attachments, possibly for different areas of the body. Wax injection was perfected by, among others, Frederik Ruysch (1638-1731), a Dutch anatomist who was also known for his fantastical and often grotesque arrangements of anatomical specimens.
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Glossary: anatomical syringe set
A branch of medical science concerned with the structure of living organisms.
An instrument used for injecting or withdrawing fluids. The open end of the syringe may be fitted with a hypodermic needle for injection into the bloodstream.
The cutting apart and separation of body tissues for the purposes of critical examination. Dissection of corpses is often carried out for the study of anatomy.