Plaster model showing internal organs displaced due to tight corseting, Europe, 1901-1925
Corsets were once very fashionable items of clothing, designed to be tightly pulled to give women an hourglass shape or show off a military man’s rigid and straight back. Unfortunately, excessive use could be very damaging to the internal structures of the body. This plaster cast is of a female torso dissected to show the internal organs which have become displaced after many years of corset wearing. Alongside it is a typical corset of the late Victorian period (A12302).
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Glossary: anatomical model
A model that demonstrates the structure of the human body through the separation of its parts. Often used for teaching purposes.
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