Developmental display gastrointestinal tract, foetal

Peter L. Field (b.1943)
Plasticine model of foetal gastrointestinal tracts, produced by vascular surgeon Dr. Peter L. Field in 1971, while a senior demonstrator in the University of Melbourne Anatomy Department. This model was described and figured in the paper, 'Staged models in embryology' published in Medical and Biological Illustration Vol 22. No 2. April 1972. From the paper: 'Anatomical models which demonstrate the spatial relationships of structures in the body are always welcomed by the student. Fine models by the French artists of the last century complement the anatomical dissections displayed in our museum, and the ease with which they convey information is clear. A set of models can readily show the stages of organ formation in the growing embryo. The illustrations show simple models depicting one vital phase of development of the human intestine. The elongation and rotation of the primitive gut tube into its final shape and position is a concept which is difficult to convey by a verbal description or even a drawing, but it is easy to display in three dimensions. The models are made of coloured Plasticine on a copper wire core, and the painted wire vessels give added support. The structures are mounted on white Perspex for permanent display. Developmental variations are easily understood when shown alongside the normal embryonic sequence. This provides a firm basis for the study of congenital abnormalities with the student will later encounter.'
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Accession number
original/labels ▫ 531
original/labels ▫ 6 week embryo
original/labels ▫ Normal rotation of the gut
original/labels ▫ 10 week embryo
original/labels ▫ Anomalous rotation
original/labels ▫ Dr P. L. Field 1971
Object type
Harry Brookes Allen Museum Pathology Category


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