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Fetus with Removable Internal Organs

Fetus with Removable Internal Organs
Louis Auzoux, a French physician, began making anatomical models out of papier-mâché at the age of 19. His attention was drawn to the quality of materials used in making toy puppets sold on the streets of Paris. He succeeded in compounding a paper paste that could be molded and shaped when wet, but became light and unbreakable when dried. In 1822, he obtained his medical degree and presented his first model to the Paris Academy of Medicine, receiving high praise and launching his career as an anatomical model maker. By the time of his death, he had perfected his techniques and created a wide range of models for teaching anatomy.

Auzoux models are anatomically detailed, accurately labeled, and painted. Lightweight and durable, the models may be taken apart and reassembled. They made the study of anatomy easier for medical students of Auzoux's time.

Auzoux Papier-Mâché Model, 1850.

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