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Beauchêne skull (MM 4256), National Museum of Health and Medicine

Beauchêne skull (MM 4256), National Museum of Health and Medicine

 

Description: Cranium with the bones of the calvarium and face and mounted separately by Bauchene's method, purchased in Paris from Dr. Auzoux in 1867, by order of the Surgeon General, U.S. Army.

 

This method of disarticulating, or “exploding,” the cranial bones was developed by French anatomist and surgeon, Edmé François Chauvot de Beauchêne (c.1780-1830). The method bearing Beauchêne’s name was developed as a means of studying and displaying the architecture of the human head.

 

Date: Specimen purchased in 1867. Date of death or preparation is unknown.

 

Specimen ID: MM 4256

 

Source collection (specimen): Anatomical division

 

Repository: National Museum of Health and Medicine, Otis Historical Archives

 

Related material: For related historical information see subject files and accession records.

 

Rights: No known restrictions upon publication, physical copy retained by National Museum of Health and Medicine. Publication and high resolution image requests should be directed to the NMHM (www.medicalmuseum.mil/)

 

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Taken on September 13, 2007