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Lucia Dacome on the First Anatomical Models and their Makers

An anatomical revolution: a historical perspective on the production of bodies.

Lucia Dacome

Lucia Dacome, Associate Professor and Pauline M.H. Mazumdar Chair in the History of Medicine at University of Toronto, in conversation with Valentina Frasisti, PhD student in Italian Studies at Harvard, presents her most recent work: Malleable Anatomies: Models, Makers, and Material Culture in Eighteenth-Century Italy.

Dacome illustrates that the production of anatomical knowledge was influenced by religious interests, power and politics, as well as a shift in aesthetic taste. Moreover, the work of female modellers, as a kind of development of midwives’ expertise, played a central role in the affirmation of anatomy as an independent scientific discipline. Readers will be captivated by Dacome’s three-dimensional characters and absorbing details.

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