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Dermatological moulage collections in the Nordic countries

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A M. Worm, H. Sinisalo, G. Eilertsen, E. Åhrén, I. Meyer

BACKGROUND: The art of producing and acquiring dermatological wax models, moulages, flourished all over Europe in the beginning of the twentieth century, whereas very little is known about the existence of moulage collections in the Nordic countries.

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper is to elucidate the presence, the origin, the production place, the use and the condition of dermatological moulage collections in the Nordic countries.

METHODS: In each Nordic country, an extensive survey was undertaken during spring 2016. Dermatological departments, museums with medical collections, persons assumed to have specific information about wax moulages as well as secondary sources were contacted and interviewed.

RESULTS: Several hitherto undescribed collections have survived in each country, most however damaged and in disrepair. One Danish and part of a Finnish collection have been restored. Only few moulages are exhibited some have been photographed and digitalized. Denmark and Sweden have had a local moulage production. Responses to the survey indicate that the result covers all collections of dermatological moulages in the Nordic countries, though some moulages may remain in private collections unknown to the authors, or uncatalogued in museums.

CONCLUSION: Moulages are medical gems from bygone days before modern technology facilitated new means of communication. Restoration and appropriate storing should be considered for at least selected items from the Nordic collections. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : JEADV
Antal sider22
ISSN0926-9959
DOI
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 28 okt. 2017

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