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The Cloth Womb from 18th-Century France

The French midwife Angélique Marguerite Le Boursier du Coudray was a master of her craft. She was also an educator, training thousands of midwives, doctors, and surgeons in the intricacies of childbirth beginning in 1759. Du Coudray used an amazing model, seen above, of a uterus, placenta, and fetus to show her students how the process of birth works. It is made of leather and fabric, and has held up well. Now more than 250 years later, the model is in the Flaubert Museum and History of Medicine in Rouen, France. But you can see several views of how it works, and read more about du Coudray at Flashbak.  -Thanks, WTM!


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