Embryo Visions

Lynn M. Morgan

in Icons of Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780520260436
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944725 | DOI:
Embryo Visions

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This chapter introduces the world of Franklin Mall, the anatomist and avid human embryo collector without whom the embryo collection might not have existed. Mall's career spanned a transitional period in the history of anatomy, from an old style concerned with descriptive morphology to a new style focused on experimentation and heredity, and Mall was both a traditionalist and an innovator. He used the old comparative and descriptive methods to study a new, relatively uncharted object: the human embryo. He considered human embryology the last uncharted frontier of human gross anatomy, and in 1913 he convinced the Carnegie Institution of Washington to set up a department of embryology. As its first director, he created a far-flung culture of embryo collecting, cultivating a network of doctors who eagerly saved specimens for science.

Keywords: Franklin Mall; human embryo collection; embryology; embryo collecting

Chapter.  8533 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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