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Anatomy and Pathology Collection


The Anatomy and Pathology Collection contains over 5,000 items, mainly gross wet and dry specimens, but also surgical instruments, wax and plastinated models, and teaching charts, some of the latter being produced by local artists.  Particular highlights include the collection of 91 incredibly detailed wax and plaster models of specific parts of the body, produced by companies such as Tramond of Paris in the late 19th century. The Collection also contains material such as the nine original watercolour drawings of a progressive dissection of the trunk and inguinal regions, produced by David Waterston, Professor of Anatomy 1914-1942, and artist J.T. Murray, and published as plates in the standard anatomical textbook, Anatomy in the Living Model, London, 1931.  The Collection, including the historical models, is used for teaching in the University’s Medical School.  It illustrates the development of teaching and research in the field of anatomy at the University of St Andrews, and is of professional interest to anatomists generally.  Due to the nature of the collections, access is subject to legal restrictions, and is by appointment only to legitimate enquirers.