image MS_131_107
Image number: RS.16434
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Tooth in ovary and bladder stone




Henry Hunt (d.1713, British), Artist

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height (vellum): 84mm
width (vellum): 142mm


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Image of a tooth found in the ovary of a woman and of a bladder stone, found by Edward Tyson and reported to the meeting of the Royal Society on 11 March 1680. It was printed in Philosophical Collections, 2 (1681).


below the images: a tooth found in the Testicle of woman, a stone out of the blader, ad vivum delin. H. Hunt/ A stone out of the blader
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Object history

26 February 1680, ‘Dr. Tyson upon occasion mentioned a strange observation of his, of hair found in the ovarium of a woman, who lately died; which hair he also shewed. He remarked also, that he had found something like it in the ovary of a bitch. He was desired to bring in an account thereof in writing’ (Birch 4:18).

11 March 1680, ‘Dr. Tyson read his account of the anatomical observations made by him concerning hair, etc. found in the ovary of a woman; and he presented the substances in a box, which were delivered to Mr. Hunt for the repository; and the account was ordered to be registered’ (Birch 4:26). The account, however, does not appear in the Register Book.

The objects are recorded in Nehemiah Grew, Musæum Regalis Societatis. Or a Catalogue & Description of the Natural and Artificial Rarities Belonging to the Royal Society and Preserved at Gresham Colledge (London: W. Rawlins, 1681), pp. 8-9.

Figs 1-2 in E. Tyson, ‘Anatomical observations of hair found in several parts of the body as also teeth, bones, etc.’, Philosophical Collections, 2 (1681), pp. 11-17.

Related Fellows

Edward Tyson (1650-1708, British), Physician

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