Displayed Wounds, Encrypted Messages: Hyper-Realism and Imagination in Medical Moulages
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AbstractMoulages are three-dimensional colorful replicas of body parts with particular expressions of ailments. Historically, by operating a transition between illness and disease, moulages were a powerful tool in the consolidation of the medical specialty of dermatovenereology. Yet, moulages are not solely an objectification of biological processes suitable for medical teaching; they also activate non-medical cognitions and emotions about life, death, behavior, and morality that are rooted in the history of the art of wax modeling. Furthermore, they provide a window into a dense history of urban health and illness, sex, law enforcement, assistance, gender, class, and politics.
Cristiana Bastos (2017). Displayed Wounds, Encrypted Messages: Hyper-Realism and Imagination in Medical Moulages. Medical Anthropology, 36(6), 533-550 (Published online: 22 May 2017). DOI 10.1080/01459740.2017.1331223