Two wooden anatomical figures, 17th century.

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Two wooden anatomical figures, 17th century.

Anatomical figures of a male and a female with removable chest and abdomen covers. Some religious restrictions on dissection were lifted in the 15th century, which led to the wider study of anatomy using models like these as extra teaching aids. Both figures show the heart and lungs. One shows a pregnant female with a baby in the uterus, and the other the kidney and intestines in a male.

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Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:28
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Science Museum

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