Wax moulage, Syphiloderma Psoriasiforme and Psoriasis Simplex

Herman Fermor Lawrence (b.1863, d.1936)
Circa 1900
This early 20th century wax moulage displaying an example of secondary syphilis symptoms and an example of the skin disease psoriasis. It was created by Dr Herman Lawrence, the first dermatologist of Melbourne’s St. Vincent’s Hospital. 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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Circa 1900
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Gift of Dr Herman Lawrence, 1919-1920
original/labels ▫ Syphiloderma Psoriasiforme
original/labels ▫ Psoriasis Simplex
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