Professional Medical Teaching Display of Human Kidney c.1970



This is a realistically detailed plastic model of a human kidney from the 1970s. It includes a stand and features the kidney profile – the renal cortex, renal medulla, proximal convoluted tubules, distal curved tubules, medullary loops, aggregate tubes, nipple tubes, renal small lamps, renal large lamps, renal pelvis, ureter, and interstitial arteries, veins, renal artery and veins. The piece has retained its original finish and is in excellent condition with appropriate patina for its age. 

  • CREATOR Unknown
  • DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1970 -1980.
  • CONDITION Excellent. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • DIMENSIONS H 9.5 in. x Dia 5.75 in.


The study of anatomy began at least as early as 1600BC in Egypt. The earliest examinations were sacrificial victims, which is a far cry from the sophisticated analyses of the body performed by modern scientists today. The use of 3D anatomical models is ubiquitous in its practitioner's education.

Medical educators rely on models to depict anatomical structures in a more efficient format than the cadaver; to move away from the clutter, discomfort, and complexity of a cadaveric dissection; and to clarify characteristics or functions of an anatomical structure that are not readily apparent in situ.

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