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Hühnermensch, or “Chicken man."

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Title

Hühnermensch, or “Chicken man."

Description

In 1735, in a small town near Leipzig, Germany, 28-year-old Johanna Sophia Schmeid delivered a stillborn baby, her fourth child. This baby was born with numerous physical anomalies, including a comb-like structure on the head; large, round eyes; and hands with lengthy fingers and “claws exactly like those of a chicken.” A local physician, Gottlieb Friderici (1693 – 1742), performed an autopsy and published his findings in the essay, Monstrorum humanum rarissimum, or The rarest of human monsters (1737). The essay included detailed anatomical drawings, such as this one, and a proto-case study of the pregnancy.

Source

Original image in: 4G Leipzig 1737, Historical Medical Library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Publisher

Digitized by the Historical Medical Library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Date

1737

Identifier

4G_Leipzig_1737

Citation

“Hühnermensch, or “Chicken man.",” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed December 18, 2018, https://www.cppdigitallibrary.org/items/show/7036.