The Javier Puerta Anatomy Museum, at the Complutense University of Madrid it is a curiosity in itself, a trip to the past and to the principles of Medicine to understand the study of the human body. But this museum is not easily accessible. This collection of art on anatomy is normally available to students and the general public. You can only visit it after express request. That is why it is a luxury to access this secret museum of Madrid as a National Geographic subscriber next Thursday, January 13. It will be the second time that we offer this experience due to the large number of people who asked to do it in the first call. Once again, our subscribers will be accompanied by those who best know each corner and each showcase of this space: the historian of science Maribel Morente and Fermín Viejo, its director.
Maribel Morente is a professor of History of Health Sciences at the Faculties of Nursing and Medicine of the Complutense University of Madrid. Since 2013 he has investigated the representation of anatomy in the Royal College of Surgery of San Carlos de Madrid, from where this museum arose, with which is one of the people who best knows each of the pieces that can be seen in this peculiar enclave and will be the guide to this exclusive event.
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The museum has some jewels highly valued by all lovers of Medicine and its history, like a collection of polychrome wax sculptures from the late 18th century, belonging to the Italian school, among which those related to pregnancy and childbirth stand out. The seated wax sculpture of a full-term pregnant woman is especially recognized for its artistic and visual impact.
Another of the museum’s treasures is the collection of polychrome plaster sculptures on the different regions of the human body or on surgical techniques. The bone collections from different stages of prenatal and postnatal life, among which more than a thousand skulls from the so-called “Olóriz collection” stand out, of an anthropological nature, and the presence of two perfectly preserved skeletons.
You can also see different renderings in papier-mâché, anatomical plates, mummified or semi-artificial preparations of anatomical regions and different models for the study of the human body. Among the museum’s collections are also the primitive dissection tables of the great amphitheater of the College of Surgery of San Carlos.
In this video he summarizes this unique experience that our subscribers lived and which you can now access again:
EXCLUSIVE VISIT TO THE CLOSED DOOR TO THE ANATOMICAL MUSEUM OF MADRID JAVIER PUERTA
THURSDAY, JANUARY 13.
Hour: 16 hours
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Number of places: 15 places
Duration of the visit: 1 hour 30 minutes approx.
Direction: UCM School of Medicine, Department of Human Anatomy and Embryology I, Ciudad Universitaria, s / n, 28040
Meeting point: Next to the sculpture “The torch bearers” in Plaza Ramón y Cajal, at the exit of the “Ciudad Universitaria” metro station (L6 of metro or buses 132, 82, G and U).