An Addition to Atlas Obscura’s Manikin Video


Atlas Obscura recently shared a video here, showing a curator talking about ivory manikins in the collection of the New York Academy of Medicine. I enjoyed it and I think it was a nice visual and aural presentation, but I have a few comments–not to be overly critical, but just to add and clarify based on my expertise. (I wrote part of my dissertation on the subject and I have done years of research on these–as well as seeing a majority of them in person).

Firstly, I have counted about 180 of these in the world–and I still come across a new one at least twice a year.

While I have previously written about the fact that they were used by doctors as status symbols and to some degree for instruction (perhaps more in the mind of the artisans rather than the doctors), the story of them being shown to…

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