Womb moulds - a nineteenth-century education tool?

Images of plaster womb moulds which were purchased by the Thackray Medical Museum in 1997.

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This is a set of womb moulds from 1838 that show the various stages before, during and pregnancy. This appears to be a teaching tool, probably used for the training of male midwives. While this is a set of sixteen moulds, unfortunately four of them are missing and therefore only the first ten and last two moulds are pictured below. The accompanying leaflet is written in German and has not been fully translated. It appears to be explaining how the moulds were used. We hope to find out more about the moulds and leaflet through further research.

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Image 15: Leaflet 1.
"Replicas of the vaginal portion of the uterus and cervix in different periods".

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