Fabrizi da Acquapendente's Oplomochlion (reconstruction)

The Oplomochlion was the manikin demonstrating the mechanical principles to be observed in making and fitting artificial limbs, engraved in the famous Opera chirurgica (1617) by Girolamo Fabrizi d'Acquapendente1.

A very accurate iron reconstruction of the Oplomochlion can be admired in the Museo di Storia della Medicina in Rome (Viale dell'Università, 47/a), as an evocative display of seventeenth-century orthopaedic prosthetics' state of the art.

  • Photos by ti.supmacinu|ihgrob.l#ihgroB acuL (may 2008)

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