The Lady Anatomist

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Wax portraits of an unknown woman are the focus of this medical-historical thriller which turns rigid 18th century role models on its head. The female wax portraits had long puzzled researchers: Nobly dressed,she holds a scalped brain in her lap. The portrait stands amid a anatomical models that were considered innovative for 18th century medicine. A lost document now reveals her extraordinary story: her relationship to the pope and the 80 casts of male sexual organs that turn conventional ideas upside down.