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Coronal Section of the Perineum (Pelvis)

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Title

Coronal Section of the Perineum (Pelvis)

Subject

Perineum
Pelvis
Rectum

Description

This wet specimen is a coronal section (front to back) of the lower pelvic region showing the anatomical structure of both the soft tissue and the pelvic bones. The tissues have been treated with a solution that renders portions transparent in order to see the blood vessels. The hole in the specimen is the rectum.

This cross section belongs to a series of specimens across the pelvis. The series is among the many items donated by Oscar V. Batson, MD. Dr. Batson (1894–1979) was a distinguished otolaryngologist and anatomist. He was a Fellow of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia for 47 years and donated more than 400 objects and specimens to the Mütter Museum. One of Dr. Batson’s contributions to medicine was his study of vertebral veins. He developed a technique for preparing anatomical specimens that allowed the visualization of the vascular system as a complete unit. This technique allowed physicians to see the extent of the complexity of the vascular system as well as how cancers could spread through the vertebral venous system.

These pelvis specimens were prepared using Dr. Batson’s technique of injecting the vascular system with a special solution and then applying s specific corrosive substance that would render some soft tissue translucent, enabling physicians to see the blood vessels more clearly.

Publisher

Digitized by the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Contributor

Oscar V. Batson, MD, Donor

Type

StillImage

Identifier

F2005.49

Coverage

Mid 20th Century

Original Format

Human tissue, glass container, oil of wintergreen (methyl salicylate)

Citation

“Coronal Section of the Perineum (Pelvis),” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed June 15, 2021, https://www.cppdigitallibrary.org/items/show/2610.