Articulated manikin, iron, used to teach bone-setting etcetera, possibly Italian, 1570-1700
The iron model showing the joints of a skeleton is very similar to the illustration in Fabricius’s Opera Chirurgica, his ‘Surgical Works’, first published in 1582. The model was possibly used to teach pupils about limb articulation as well as limb dislocation, injuries to limb joints and their subsequent treatment.
Hieronymus Fabricius ab Aquadependente (c. 1553-1619) was professor of anatomy at the University of Padua, Italy, from 1565.
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