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Faculty member Jessica M. Dandona, Ph.D., has presented four papers this spring and summer.

On July 23, Dr. Dandona presented her paper, "Bones, Bottles and Brains: Teaching Anatomy in Dundee and St Andrews 1880–1900," at the University of Dundee. Dr. Dandona discussed how wax models, charts and human specimens were used to teach anatomy to medical students at University College Dundee and the University of St Andrews between 1880–1900.

On June 18, Dr. Dandona presented her paper, "Glass Wombs and Paper Fetuses: Representing the Female Reproductive Body in France, Britain, and the United States, 1880–1900," at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Dr. Dandona's paper compared conventional modes of representing the maternal form, such as wax models and engravings, with fin-de-siècle bodily simulacra—colorful flap anatomies, paper ‘manikins,’ stereoscopic photographs, and early radiographs that, like earlier forms of imaging the pregnant body, circulated across national and disciplinary borders.

On May 24th, Dr. Dandona presented her paper, "Reproductive Technologies: Vision and Visualization in the Edinburgh Stereoscopic Atlas of Obstetrics," at the 10th European Spring School on History of Science and Popularization, held in Mahon, Spain, on the island of Menorca, from May 23–25, 2019. Dr. Dandona's paper compared photographic works such as The Edinburgh Stereoscopic Atlas of Obstetrics (1908–9) with contemporary obstetrical manikins, textbook illustrations, and anatomical sketches made by medical school students to explore how the reproductive body was visualized at the end of the 19th century. The workshop brought together participants from around the world--Spain, France, Switzerland, Britain, the US, and South America.

On May 16, Dr. Dandona presented her paper, "Reproductive Technologies: Visualizing the Maternal Body, 1880–1900," at the International Workshop, "The Coming of Age of the Public Fetus—Exploring Pregnant and Fetal Bodies in Visual Culture," held at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden from May 15–17, 2019. Dr. Dandona's paper comprised a close look at techniques of medical visualization at the end of the 19th century, investigating how physicians in three early centers of medical training—Paris, Edinburgh, and Philadelphia—conceptualized the reproductive body in visual terms.

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