The Development of Anatomic Art and Sciences: The Ceroplastica Anatomic Models of La Specola

The Development of Anatomic Art and Sciences: The Ceroplastica Anatomic Models of La Specola AbstractOBJECTIVEANATOMIC MODELS ARE important heuristic aids for surgeons in training. They are uniquely able to convey the three-dimensional relationships of anatomic structures with a physical immediacy not allowed by any other media. We examine the conceptual development of the anatomic model in light of the history of neuroanatomic understanding and coexistent artistic movements. The teaching anatomic model traces its ancestry to the work of Gaetano Zumbo in the late 17th century, on the heels of important anatomic discoveries made in the preceding 100 years of investigation. The anatomic model reached its peak expression in the late 18th century with the founding of the ceroplastica laboratory in Florence. We discuss the technological, artistic, and scientific origins of the anatomic wax model and the conditions that allowed it to flourish in the late 18th century. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Neurosurgery Oxford University Press

The Development of Anatomic Art and Sciences: The Ceroplastica Anatomic Models of La Specola

The Development of Anatomic Art and Sciences: The Ceroplastica Anatomic Models of La Specola

L E G A C Y The Development of Anatomic Art and Sciences: The Ceroplastica Anatomic Models of La Specola J o s e p h C . T . C h e n , M . D . , P h . D . , A r u n P . A m a r , M . D . , M i c h a e l L . L e v y , M . D . , M i c h a e l L . J . A p u z z o , M . D . Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California ANATOMIC MODELS ARE important heuristic aids for surgeons in training. They are uniquely able to convey the three-dimensional relationships of anatomic structures with a physical immediacy not allowed by any other media. We examine the conceptual development of the anatomic model in light of the history of neuroanatomic under­ standing and coexistent artistic movements. The teaching anatomic model traces its ancestry to the work of Gaetano Zumbo in the late 17th century, on the heels of important anatomic discoveries made in the preceding 100 years of investigation. The anatomic model reached its peak expression in the late 18th century with the founding of the ceroplastica laboratory in Florence. W e discuss the technological, artistic, and scientific origins of the anatomic wax model and the conditions that allowed it to flourish in the late 18th century. ( N e u r o s u r g e r y 4 5 : 8 8 3 - 8 9 2 , 19 99 ) Key words: Anatomy, Art, Biography, Brain, History, Italy, M odels The history of the anatomic model is rich, particularly when amiliarity with the three-dimensional structure of the examined in the context of the golden age of anatomic dis­ human body is a prim ary requirem ent for all surgeons, covery. This article examines the origins of the anatomic perhaps nowhere more so than in neurological surgery, model and its subsequent apogee and decline. fhe spatial complexity and fragile nature of the brain, spinal (()rd, and their associated structures necessitates a thorough anderstanding of the relevant anatom y before embarking on TEC H N O LO G IC A L BASIS 1 stirgical intervention. E a...
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Congress of Neurological Surgeons
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10.1097/00006123-199910000-00031
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AbstractOBJECTIVEANATOMIC MODELS ARE important heuristic aids for surgeons in training. They are uniquely able to convey the three-dimensional relationships of anatomic structures with a physical immediacy not allowed by any other media. We examine the conceptual development of the anatomic model in light of the history of neuroanatomic understanding and coexistent artistic movements. The teaching anatomic model traces its ancestry to the work of Gaetano Zumbo in the late 17th century, on the heels of important anatomic discoveries made in the preceding 100 years of investigation. The anatomic model reached its peak expression in the late 18th century with the founding of the ceroplastica laboratory in Florence. We discuss the technological, artistic, and scientific origins of the anatomic wax model and the conditions that allowed it to flourish in the late 18th century.

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NeurosurgeryOxford University Press

Published: Oct 1, 1999

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