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Cali BuckleyTuesday, Ocotber 25, 4:00 p.m.
Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, Room 153 Rubenstein Library

Cali Buckley will present “The History and Legacy of Ivory Anatomical Manikins.” Ivory anatomical models comprise a little-known set of objects that were popular with male doctors of the late 17th- and 18th-centuries. Their narrative is currently being revised in light of a history of questionable assumptions. Though small and largely inaccurate, the story of anatomical manikins reveals how the politics of medicine impresses meaning on medical objects - often transcending the needs of the scientific community. Ms. Buckley will present on her current hypotheses as well as the process by which medical objects can be examined according to social history, connoisseurship, and material culture

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Explore past exhibits from the History of Medicine Collections including:

Animated Anatomies: The Human Body in Anatomical Texts from the 16th to 21st Centuries (April - July 2011)
Animated Anatomies explores the visually stunning and technically complex genre of printed texts and illustrations known as anatomical flap books.  This exhibit traces the flap book genre beginning with early examples from the sixteenth century, to the colorful “golden age” of complex flaps of the nineteenth century, and finally to the common children’s pop-up anatomy books of today. The display highlights the history of science, medical instruction, and the intricate art of bookmaking. To learn more about the symposium, exhibit, see photos of anatomical flap books, and watch videos of them in action, visit the exhibit website.

What Does Your Doctor Know? Exploring the History of Physician Education from Early Greek Theory to the Practice of Duke Medicine (April - July 2012)Duke School of Medicine
Medical knowledge was passed down through the ages first orally and then in written form, through informal apprenticeships and formal university education.  Certain core subjects like anatomy have been taught for over five hundred years, though the means of teaching has changed over time from oral tradition to physical autopsy to moving image recordings to virtual digital reconstruction.  How does the training a medical student receives today compare to the training a student would have received in a much earlier time, say in Padua, Italy, in 1543, or at the University of Pennsylvania in 1813? This exhibition highlights the transformation of physician education over time, from the days of ancient Greece through the establishment and evolution of Duke’s Medical School.