Professional Medical Teaching Display of Human Kidneys c.1950



A detailed model of a human kidneys mounted on a wooden plaque. Used for medical training, each part of the kidneys are numbered probably corresponding to a text book. The piece has retained its original finish and is in good condition with appropriate patina for its age. 

  • CREATOR Bobbitt Laboratories.
  • DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1950-1960.
  • CONDITION Excellent. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • DIMENSIONS H 15 in. x W 18 in. D 2 in.


The study of anatomy began at least as early as 1600 BC 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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