Following on from my earlier waxy obsessings, here’s a lecture about Medical Moulages, which shall be one of the Lectures in The Funeral Parlour featured in the Under the Blue Moon Festival, 30th October:
‘Amelia Bowan – “Medical Moulages”
Master of Museum Studies, Bachelor of Arts (History and Classics)
Hiding away in dusty cabinets, attics, and university museums are morbid relics of our diseased past. Medical moulages were once the primary teaching and identification tool for doctors and students of medicine in the 19th century. These models made of wax were cast from real human body parts afflicted with disease by artists who shrouded their methods in secrecy. The difficulties of obtaining cadavers for dissection were largely overcome by the use of these models and were instrumental in the education and dissemination of scientific knowledge and discovery up until the 1950s. While some of them are over 200 years old, the gruesome realism and grotesque reality of diseases of the past can still be admired (or feared!) in the collections of medical moulages in museum today.’
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