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Portrait of an Amateur Pathologist

"Portrait of an Amateur Pathologist" is copyright  ©  2000 by James G. Mundie. All rights reserved.  Reproduction prohibited.

Pen and ink, 6.75 x 5.5 inches, 2000
Collection of Gayle & James Wohlken

Here I cast myself in the role of Renaissance scholar/physician, posed with an attribute of my trade. In this case, the specimen is the skeletal remains of a conjoined fetus of the variety cephalothoracopagus — a situation in which the skull and ribcage of two children have fused into one, as if they were dancing really close.

There is an exceptionally lovely example of this peculiar monstrosity housed in the collection of the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia.



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