The misrepresented uterus. The progression of uterine depictions in anatomical atlases between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries.J Biocommun. 1998; 25(4):10-3.JB
Between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, the depiction of the female uterus progressed toward greater anatomical accuracy. However, as Karen Newman (1996) indicates, common elements persist throughout such illustrations: the fetus is represented as an active inhabitant of the uterus while the female body is rendered as either passive or absent.