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Replica cast of Livingstone's left humerus.jpg

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Dr David Livingstone Humerus Cast

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A replica cast of David Livingstone's left humerus, showing a compound fracture which occurred when he was mauled by a lion on his first expedition. The cast being made prior to his internment in Westminster Abbey, the old healed fracture proved that the remains were indeed those of David Livingstone. It was presented to the Royal College by the Livingstone Memorial Trust in 1973 on the anniversary of his death, and is contained within a modern glazed case.

Date

c. 1874

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2006/6

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Length: 36 cm

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Plaster cast.

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A replica cast of David Livingstone's left humerus, showing a compound fracture which occurred when he was mauled by a lion on his first expedition. The cast being made prior to his internment in Westminster Abbey, the old healed fracture proved that the remains were indeed those of David Livingstone. It was presented to the Royal College by the Livingstone Memorial Trust in 1973 on the anniversary of his death, and is contained within a modern glazed case.


119 - Portrait of David Livingstone.jpg

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Portrait of David Livingstone

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Seated half-length in a black coat and grey trousers.

Livingstone funded his own medical studies at Anderson's University in Glasgow by working as a tradesman cotton spinner. He moved to London to enter the London Missionary Society and further his medical studies in the London hospitals. In 1840 he became a licentiate of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and was ordained a missionary in the same year.

Although set to serve as a missionary in China, he was instead sent to South Africa. Here he worked and travelled as a medical missionary for many years.

This portrait was purchased by the Faculty in 1875. It is an 'enlarged photograph by Mr Thomas Annan coloured in oil' and cost 30 guineas. The photograph was taken in 1864, and the image was coloured in oil after Livingstone's death.

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1864 - c.1875

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119

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90 x 69 cm

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oil painting

Description

Seated half-length in a black coat and grey trousers.

Livingstone funded his own medical studies at Anderson's University in Glasgow by working as a tradesman cotton spinner. He moved to London to enter the London Missionary Society and further his medical studies in the London hospitals. In 1840 he became a licentiate of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and was ordained a missionary in the same year.

Although set to serve as a missionary in China, he was instead sent to South Africa. Here he worked and travelled as a medical missionary for many years.

This portrait was purchased by the Faculty in 1875. It is an 'enlarged photograph by Mr Thomas Annan coloured in oil' and cost 30 guineas. The photograph was taken in 1864, and the image was coloured in oil after Livingstone's death.

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3D Scan of Livingstone Humerus Cast

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Seen here is a 3D model of a replica cast of the left humerus of David Livingstone, the Scottish medical missionary. Livingstone fractured his humerus after a lion attacked him during a hunt.

Livingstone gave an account of this attack in his publication, "Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa: Including a Sketch of Sixteen Years' Residence in the Interior of Africa ":

"...I saw the lion just in the act of springing upon me...he caught my shoulder as he sprang, and we both came to the ground below together. Growling horribly close to my ear, he shook me as a terrier dog does a rat...Besides crunching the bone into splinters, he left eleven teeth wounds on the upper part of my arm."



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Seen here is a 3D model of a replica cast of the left humerus of David Livingstone, the Scottish medical missionary. Livingstone fractured his humerus after a lion attacked him during a hunt.

Livingstone gave an account of this attack in his publication, "Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa: Including a Sketch of Sixteen Years' Residence in the Interior of Africa ":

"...I saw the lion just in the act of springing upon me...he caught my shoulder as he sprang, and we both came to the ground below together. Growling horribly close to my ear, he shook me as a terrier dog does a rat...Besides crunching the bone into splinters, he left eleven teeth wounds on the upper part of my arm."




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Livingstone's Humerus Fracture

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A Fellow of the Royal College, David Livingstone was a medical missionary in Southern Africa during the 1800s. He was notoriously attacked by a lion and the mysterious anatomy of his fractured arm still puzzles people today!

In this animation we compare the anatomy of a regular humerus to that of Livingstone's after it healed.

Description

A Fellow of the Royal College, David Livingstone was a medical missionary in Southern Africa during the 1800s. He was notoriously attacked by a lion and the mysterious anatomy of his fractured arm still puzzles people today!

In this animation we compare the anatomy of a regular humerus to that of Livingstone's after it healed.

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Licentiate Diploma of David Livingstone

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Pictured here is the licentiate diploma of David Livingstone, the famous physician and medical missionary of the 19th century.

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c. 1800s

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Pictured here is the licentiate diploma of David Livingstone, the famous physician and medical missionary of the 19th century.

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