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H1745 Anatomical model of a human tongue, wood, maker unknown, location not recorded, used by Sydney Technical College, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1850-1894. Click to enlarge.

Anatomical model of a human tongue

Made 1850-1894
This model of a partly dissected tongue, mandible and teeth was used for teaching purposes at Sydney Technical College in the late 1800s. It reveals details of the tongue's anatomy, each labelled with a number, suggesting that a list of named parts was available to the students. Anatomical models are still used for teaching today, even as virtual reality allows students to fly through organs, wield a virtual scalpel or see an operation in 3D from the surgeon's point of view.

This object comes from a collection of anatomical teaching models transferred from the Sydney Technical College in 1894. In 1878 the New South Wales State Government provided subsides to provide scientific, technical and professional training and in 1883 a Board of Technical Education was appointed which established the Sydney Technical College.

Made during the 1800s these models are examples of the teaching aids available to students during these formative years of the practical sciences in Australia.

References
New South Wales State Government Archives, http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/cguide/c4g/educ0016.htm, cited 17/11/2006.
Chen, Joseph C. T. M.D., Ph.D.; Amar, Arun P. M.D.; Levy, Michael L. M.D.; Apuzzo, Michael L. J. M.D., 'The Development of Anatomic Art and Sciences: The Ceroplastica Anatomic Models of La Specola', Neurosurgery. 45(4):883, October 1999

Summary

Object No.

H1745

Object Statement

Anatomical model of a human tongue, wood, maker unknown, location not recorded, used by Sydney Technical College, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1850-1894

Physical Description

Anatomical model of a human tongue made of wood and mounted on a brown painted rectangular stand. The tongue is shown with and without the dorsum (upper surface) and separated by a vertical line down the middle. The side without the dorsum also shows the nerves and muscle. At the front of the tongue is a lower set of artificial teeth. Small paper squares with black handwritten numbers, labelled from one to ten, are attached to the tongue.

Marks

No marks.

Dimensions

Height

75 mm

Width

84 mm

Production

Made

1850-1894

Notes

The anatomical model was made between 1850-1894 (maker and place of manufacture unknown).

History

Notes

The anatomical model was used by Sydney Technical College, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. This type of model would have been used for demonstrations to medical students and the medical profession.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Sydney Technical College, 1894

Acquisition Date

19 December 1894

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