Don’t scream. I know, I know — it looks like the nightmare creation of some shambling scarecrow who stole your pillows and stitched them into a “wife” and “kids” out in the barn.
Either that or really messed up designer pillows.
Sadly, it’s neither. What this really represents is the 18th-century answer to Yesterday’s post — an early obstetrics training-mannequin displayed in the Museum of Flaubert and the History of Medicine, in Rouen, France
Back before they had silicon and RealDolls, if you wanted to build a woman, you had limited choices. But this did not deter Madam Du Coudray, an inventive midwife intent on sharing her knowledge of obstetrics with ignorant provincials through models.
She took great care in reproducing the firmness and flexibility of genuine female anatomy. To that end, a fairly sophisticated system of leather straps with wood and iron framing was employed. But the best part has been revealed by contemporary X-rays. Beneath the fabric and stuffing, lending a distinctly natural shape to the form, is the pelvic bone of a young woman.
Now you can scream.
We’ve already exploited that collective cringe produced by Resusci Anne’s clammily compliant rubber mouth. Now if only we could get our hands on her knocked up cousin: the Koken Full-Body Pregnancy Simulator.
This one comes from Japan, and the website demurs on price, so we can presume it’s in the “if you have to ask… (then you’re probably some kind of pervert not affiliated with any legitimate institution of learning)…range.
But by jingo, look what she comes with: lifelike fetus with rubbery amniotic sac, interchangeable vaginal openings to simulate various gauge love tunnels, breasts and abdomen that respond realistically to diagnostic palpation, and replaceable soft silicon insets to practice suturing up those nasty perineal tears so you won’t have to practice on a sherbet-colored block of whipped Jell-O.
And she cleans up easy! According to her FAQ, just a quick sponging with detergent or ethanol followed by a baby powder pat down should do the job.
As if they’d already anticipated some sort of twisted Hans Bellmer torture session, they warn, “being a model there will be no complaints if roughly handled. Do not push or pull the model with unreasonable force.”
So if you had your heart set on a screaming model, you may be disappointed, but they’re still eager for your business.
“If you live in Japan, we also keep some models that can be provided on a loan basis.”
Is that really wise?
The source of this image is a bit of a mystery. Our sources trace it to the fine amalgamator of web oddities Cult of Weird where it is speculated that it was that it was part of an art exhibition. We tend to agree, as its chances on the consumer market seem rather slim. Nice gash though!
Check out Neurophilosophy for a delightful interview with Heather Perry, one of the very small number of people to have drilled into her skull in hopes of finding enlightenment.
“I wrapped my head up in a towel and we got out of there. A couple of days later, we had another go. We abandoned the hand trepan and got an electric drill instead. I injected myself with a local anaesthetic and then slashed a big T-shaped incision in my scalp, right down to the bone. I was sat there in the bathroom feeling quite relaxed and they started with the drill”
And don’t miss the “Illustrated History of Trepanation” from the same site!
Yet another reason to visit Thailand — grisly anatomy-lab tidbits baked by artist/baker Kittiwat Unarrom. His bakery, known to weirdo tourists such as yourself simply as “The Body Bakery” in Ratchaburi Thailand is slightly off the beaten path, but a manageable day-trip from Bangkok, and there is at least one tourist agency eager to help you find your way.
Constantly called upon to justify his wretchedly realistic yet entirely edible creations, Unarrom is quick to downplay their extraordinary nature, offering a rather bland rationale: “The lesson is ‘don’t judge just by outer appearances’.” But we know that’s just icing on the cake.
For a further taste of Unarrom’s work, check out the delicious images posted by Shape and Color
Uploaded the first of our animated shorts “Anatomy Minute,” a week or so ago, and it caused a bit of confusion on the arts blog of NPR’s “Science Friday.”
“Do I get it? No. Do I like it? Yes.”
Look for other digestive organs in the following weeks…
Time for a sleepover! Thanks, laughingsquid.com
Need to learn woodcarving…. (thanks, morbidanatomy!)
Morbid Anatomy: Wooden Anatomical Eve, “Anatomie des Vanités” Exhibition, Brussels, Belgium, 2008
A truly astounding anatomical model. Must have been quite a project for the artist to work on. I suppose it was done on commission ? But by whom, and for whom ? And did it require working from models in a dissection amphitheatre ?
Another good page of random anatomy fashion goodies….
Anatomy is subdivided into gross anatomy and microscopic anatomy. Gross anatomy, also called topographical anatomy, regional anatomy, or anthropotomy is the study of anatomical structures that can be seen by unaided vision with the naked eye. Microscopic anatomy is the study of minute anatomical…..