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Gendering Artificial Anatomies: Practices and Materials

Edinburgh History of Medicine Group Seminar Edinburgh

Date: Wednesday, 8 March 2017


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
9 Queen Street


Speaker: Dr Anna Maerker (King’s College London)

Since the early modern period, artists and anatomists have worked towards perfection; the perfection of anatomical models in three dimensions. But how did they achieve the sophisticated results that survive to this day?

Whilst early models in wax were celebrated for their lifelike appearance, such models were fragile and did not allow for the hands-on interaction increasingly called for by medical educators.

The nineteenth century saw a solution to this problem, with the development of a type of papier-mâché by the French doctor Louis Thomas Jérôme Auzoux. Around 1820, Auzoux began to develop life-sized human models using a paper-based mixture. The models were sufficiently robust to be taken apart and reassembled; they were produced in series using moulds, and exported globally.

This talk will explore two aspects of gendering in the production and deployment of, not only the Auzoux models, but other contemporaneous artificial anatomies also.


Refreshments at 4pm, seminar starts at 4.30pm.

This talk is part of the Edinburgh History of Medicine Group series, a collaboration between the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh.

You can register for the event on the eventbrite website.

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Wednesday 8 March

Gendering Artificial Anatomies: Practices and Materials


Tea and coffee


Gendering Artificial Anatomies: Practices and Materials
by Dr Anna Maerker (King’s College London)



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Admission to this event is free. You can register for this event on the eventbrite website.

Further information is available from:

Iain Milne


Tel: 0131 225 7324

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Further Info


As a listed building, the College has restricted disabled access. A wheelchair lift is provided at the rear of the College giving access to the Conference Centre and the main historic rooms, but not all of the smaller rooms used for educational events. For further information and assistance please contact the RCPE Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

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