por Sean Ruck
, Contributing Editor | October 01, 2013
From the October 2013 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
The picture and description appear courtesy of Dr. M. Donald Blaufox, M.D., Ph.D, from his website: www.mohma.org.
Each month we visit Dr. Blaufox’s Museum of Historical Medical Artifacts to take a look back at the medical equipment that cleared the way for what patients encounter in doctors’ offices and operating rooms of today. Some equipment may be recognizable, while other inventions featured here have since become obsolete or have had their usefulness discredited.
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4’ tall papier mâché-like anatomic model of a man. The manikin provides faithful anatomic detail and is mounted on a metal base with a rod. One half is dissected beneath the skin, the other to the bone. The chest comes off to reveal individual organs and the head also disassembles. The crafter, Louis Thomas Jérôme Auzoux was a French physician, who, frustrated with the lack of cadavers available for dissection and study, developed a cottage industry producing these remarkably accurate anatomic models for medical schools. The material that they are made of was a secret composition, but did contain a mixture of cork, clay, glue and paper. They came in a variety of sizes and eventually, Auzoux opened a factory to churn out the creations, expanding the line to offer models of human embryos as well as models of plants and animals. The female version on this website is life size and includes a uterus although the arms are missing and the paint is not nearly as well preserved.