Dermatological moulage collections in the Nordic countries

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Worm , A-M , Sinisalo , H , Eilertsen , G , Ahren , E & Meyer , I 2018 , ' Dermatological moulage collections in the Nordic countries ' , Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology , vol. 32 , no. 4 , pp. 570-580 . https://doi.org/10.1111/jdv.14659

Title: Dermatological moulage collections in the Nordic countries
Author: Worm, A.-M.; Sinisalo, H.; Eilertsen, G.; Ahren, E.; Meyer, I.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, University Museum
Date: 2018-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
ISSN: 0926-9959
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/323555
Abstract: 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 study was 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. ResultsSeveral 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 and 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.
Subject: 217 Medical engineering
615 History and Archaeology
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