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Wednesday
October 31, 2012
Halloween!
7:00-8:30 PM

Schlafly Bottleworks, Maplewood, MO

The Lady Anatomist:
From Household Dissections to Enlightenment Science

Professor of Italian and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies in Italian

Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.


Rebecca Messbarger

For 2,000 years of medical history, the human body has been inked out, penciled in, the nervous system mapped, the gut lovingly rendered, and the brain lit up in color. To make these renderings, doctors-in-training would for hundreds of years dissect the corpses of criminals, the insane, or the unknown, sometimes even digging up the bodies themselves or buying them from the black market. In the 18th Century, a less gross form of anatomy marked the beginning of a scientific enlightenment in Italy: the anatomical wax model. Wax anatomists had to be both incredibly well-versed in medicine and incredibly skilled at sculpture. And few were as talented as Anna Morandi Manzolini (1714-1774), whose extraordinary life and work have been recently chronicled and cataloged in Rebecca Messbarger's The Lady Anatomist. Messbarger's work reveals the life of Morandi Manzolini as one of influence, intelligence, and rigor; a woman who was born into a circumstance and age that allowed her to take hold of the narrative of her life and define herself as a professional scientist.

Jutting Tongue Arm

Science On Tap highlighted on St. Louis Public Radio and Voice of America!

Science On Tap is a place where, for the price of a beverage, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place outside a traditional academic context, in the Crown Room at Schlafly Bottleworks.


Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month during the academic year, usually from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The standard format is as follows: 20 minutes of presentation, followed by a 7 minute break for attendees to introduce themselves to each other at the table, and then an hour of discussion. Seating is limited to the first 100 people.  No reservations accepted.

Crown Room at the Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave.
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241-2337

Register to receive e-mail announcements of future Science On Tap events.

Interested in learning about medicine? Check out Washington University's Mini-Medical School!

For more information: e-mail scienceontap@wustl.edu
or call (314) 935-9495

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