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The late-nineteenth century saw a flourishing of anatomical museums in both a professional and popular context. While medical colleges sought to distance their own exhibits from the sensationalist and lurid displays found in popular anatomical museums, closer examination of the exhibitions that took place in these places reveals important continuities between them. From Charcot's lectures on, and photographs of, hysterical women to "Dr" Kahn's gynaecological models, anatomical museums specialised in sexualised exhibitions of female bodies for an exclusively male audience. This paper will examine the public exhibition of the sexual(ised) body found in the anatomical museums of the late nineteenth century, focusing on their theatricalisation and pathologisation of female sexuality.

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