Artificial Anatomy: Papier-Mache Anatomical Models

May 13, 2000 – July 8, 2001

National Museum of American History
1300 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, West Wing, Showcase

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Examples from the museum's unique collection of papier-mache anatomical models constructed by French physician Dr. Louis Thomas Jerome Auzoux (1797-1880) are used to explore the history and educational use of such models for the medical and lay person. The construction, conservation, and preservation of the models is also addressed. Highlights include a six-foot-tall male model and a life-size turkey model, both of which are "dissectable," as each has a numbered and labeled system identifying anatomical parts.