Ophelia at the museum. Venuses and anatomical models in the teaching of obstetrics between the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries

Elisa Mazzella, Alberto Carli

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Abstract

The history of medical education has been deeply affected by the use of wax anatomical models in Italy since the XVIIIth century, when in Bologna’s Archiginnasio and Florence’s Specola two of the most important schools in anatomical ceroplastics were established. Anatomical preparations of Specola are examined from an artistic point of view – i.e. the figures of artists and modellers who operated in Florence. But also the scientific perspective – i.e. the history of medicine – and the didactic perspective, from the point of view of both teachers and pupils such as surgeons and especially of midwives and obstetricians, emerge in all their importance – as clearly manifested by the magnificent Suppellex obstetricia
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-80
Number of pages20
JournalHISTORY OF EDUCATION & CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Anatomical models
  • Insegnamento di ostetricia
  • Modelli anatomici
  • Teaching of obstetrics
  • XVII-XVIII secolo
  • XVII-XVIIIth Centuries

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