Wax moulage, ulcerative sporotrichosis
Jules Baretta (b.1834, d.1923)
This early 20th century wax moulage depicts the symptoms of sporotrichosis, a fungal disease that can affect the skin. This moulage was created by Jules Baretta, one of the most significant and prolific moulage manufacturers of the era. During the 19th and early 20th century Baretta produced over 2000 wax moulages while working in the Saint-Louis Hospital in Paris. At this time, a wax cast was one of the only ways to accurately document in three dimensions the external symptoms of disease. This specimen is part of a collection of moulages mostly made by Melbourne dermatologist Dr. Herman Lawrence from Melbourne’s St. Vincent’s Hospital and donated by Lawrence to the University in 1919-20. It is probable that Lawrence obtained this moulage during a visit to Saint-Louis Hospital in 1907.
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