Josef Benedikt Kuriger

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Josef Benedikt Kuriger (1754–1815)[1] was a Swiss model maker who pioneered embryological modeling. Kuriger's work at the anatomical theatre in Paris gave him the experience to move from portraits and devotional objects into anatomy and obstetrics.[2] Kuriger created wax models of embryos, based on Samuel Thomas von Soemmerring's Icones embryonum humanorum her[3]


  1. ^ Archives Suisses des Traditions Populaires, Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Volkskunde., 1987, S.200
  2. ^ Nick Hopwood: "Plastic Publishing in Embryology" in: Models. Third Dimension of Science, Stanford University Press, 2004, S.171
  3. ^ Nick Hopwood: Embryos in wax. Models from the Ziegler Studio, Whipple Museum of the History of Science, 2002, S.11


  • Adrian Christoph Suter: Die anatomischen Reliefdarstellungen des Einsiedler Kleinkünstlers J. B. Kuriger,unpublished Dissertation at the Medizinhistorisches Institut der Universitat Bern, 1986.

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