Wax moulage, impetigo
Herman Fermor Lawrence (b.1863, d.1936)
This early 20th century wax moulage depicts the lower face of a person suffering from impetigo, a bacterial infection of the skin. It was created by Dr Herman Lawrence, the first dermatologist of Melbourne’s St. Vincent’s Hospital. Lawrence was following the lead of European moulage makers in giving his waxes realistic details like eyebrows, eyelashes and accurate skin tone. In this era, a wax cast was one of the only ways to accurately document in three dimensions the external symptoms of disease. Lawrence donated his moulages to the University of Melbourne in 1919-1920.
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