Ex Utero: Live Human Fetal Research and the Films of Davenport Hooker

  title={Ex Utero: Live Human Fetal Research and the Films of Davenport Hooker},
  author={Emily K Wilson},
  journal={Bulletin of the History of Medicine},
  pages={132 - 160}
  • E. K. Wilson
  • Published 21 April 2014
  • Medicine
  • Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Between 1932 and 1963 University of Pittsburgh anatomist Davenport Hooker, Ph.D., performed and filmed noninvasive studies of reflexive movement on more than 150 surgically aborted human fetuses. The resulting imagery and information would contribute substantially to new visual and biomedical conceptions of fetuses as baby-like, autonomous human entities that emerged in the 1960s and 1970s. Hooker’s methods, though broadly conforming to contemporary research practices and views of fetuses… 

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