Adrian E. Flatt, M.D., Hand Collection

Photos by Russell and Julia Smith

Adrian E. Flatt, M.D., Hand Collection The Adrian E. Flatt, M.D., Hand Collection is on display at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas in the George W. Truett Memorial Hospital lobby. The display is open and free to the public 24-hours a day. This exhibit of more than 100 cast, bronze-coated hands is the work of Adrian Flatt, M.D., who was chief of orthopedic surgery at Baylor Dallas from 1982 until 1992. A native of England, Dr. Flatt came to the United States in 1954. Dr. Flatt served as consultant in hand surgery to several organizations and individuals, including the United States Air Force and the United States Space Program. Dr. Flatt was professor of anatomy and hand surgery at the University of Iowa for 22 years, and taught hand surgery at Yale University School of Medicine for three years before coming to Dallas in 1982. Dr. Flatt began in 1962, as a hobby, casting and bronze-coating hands of well-known individuals in various professions. The first hands he cast were those of fellow surgeons to prove there are no typical surgeons hands. Not only did he prove that, but his collection shows how expressive and revealing an individuals hands can be. Since his retirement in 1992, Dr. Flatt continues to teach anatomy and hand surgery to medical students in the residency program at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas 

Below are some of the favorite bronze (and some plaster) casts photographed during a visit to Baylor Medical Center several years ago. I haven't seen too many photos on the Internet of this collection so here is a view of the wonderful hands:

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Historic Hands Historic Hands 2 Peggy Fleming Cathy Rigby Chris Evert Martina Navratilova
Frederic Chopin Emmitt Smith Billy Graham Michaell Collins Andres Segovia Isaac Stern
Andre the Giant Andre the Giant second Andre the Giant left hand Christiaan Barnard Bart Conner Bertrand Piccard
Wilt Chamberlain Willie Shoemaker Wilt and Willie Nolan Ryan Mickey Mantle Abraham Lincoln
Neil Armstrong Ignacy Paderewski Buzz Aldrin Van Cliburn Louis Armstrong Tom Landry
Bart Starr group shot of hands group shot Chris Evert and Navratilova Group shot Chopin, Whitman, Lincoln Group shot various group shots
Troy Aikman Charles M. Schulz Walt Disney Norman Rockwell Dr. Seuss  (Theodor Geisel) Roger Staubach



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