Wax injected human left hand

Made:
1831-1870 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

Preserved human left hand, mid 19th century

Wax has been injected into the arteries, veins and muscles to preserve the internal structure of the hand. This technique was perfected by Frederik Ruysch (1638-1731), a Dutch anatomist. The wax injection highlights the blood vessels that otherwise would be difficult to distinguish.

Anatomical preparations such as this one were useful in an age when there was a lack of bodies available for dissecting. This arm may have been used as a teaching aid for medical students.

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Category:
Anatomy & Pathology
Object Number:
A600029
Materials:
bone, human remains, paint, wax
type:
human remains
taxonomy:
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust

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