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Iron model of the joints in a human skeleton, Italy, 1570-1700

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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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Glossary: manikin

Models of the human body used for teaching anatomy or demonstrating surgical operations.

Glossary: articulated

Something that has two or more sections linked by a flexible joint.