Obstetric phantom, Italy, 1701-1800

Made:
1701-1800 in Italy
maker:
Unknown

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Eighteenth century obstetric phantom, Italian. Full view, babies face visable. Graduated matt black perspex background.
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Eighteenth century obstetric phantom, Italian. Full view, graduated matt black perspex background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Eighteenth century obstetric phantom, Italian

This model of the female torso shows the foetus in utero. It is constructed from leather and wood and is almost life-size. It would have been used to teach students, and possibly midwives, how to deliver babies as the foetus 'doll' could be placed in different positions. The model comes from the Hospital Del Ceppo in Pistoia, near Florence, Italy. From the 17th century there was a medical school associated with this hospital and this is probably where the Obstetric Phantom would have been used.

Details

Category:
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Object Number:
A600052
Materials:
whole, leather, whole, wood
type:
obstetrical phantom
credit:
Cascialfare, D.

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