Like dissection, but without the mess

Like dissection, but without the mess

A life-size “lift-the-flap” model of the human form joins the medical library’s collection.

One of the newest acquisitions in the Medical Historical Library is in an elegant wooden case, about 3 feet on each side, that opens to reveal a paper model of a 5-foot-9-inch naked man with brown hair, blue eyes, and rosy cheeks. The case is a “deluxe” German edition of White’s Physiological Manikin, a flap anatomy designed by author and publisher James T. White in 1886.Melissa Grafe, Ph.D., the John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History and head of the Medical Historical Library, spotted the manikin, titled Dr. Franke’s Phantom, among the online offerings from a British dealer last October and knew that it belonged in Yale’s collection. The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library already had a strong collection...


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