Anatomical Model


This wax model depicts squamous eczema of the hand.

The model was made by Joseph Towne (1808-1879), who worked for over fifty years as a modeler at Guys Hospital in London. At the hospital, Towne worked with some of the leading English physicians and surgeons of the day, notably Thomas Addison, and John Hilton. Wax models depicting various skin diseases and other medical conditions were used for teaching medical students.

This model was originally part of the Pathological Museum at the University of Pennsylvania. The collection was the largest of its kind in the United States. The Pennsylvania Collection was begun by George B. Wood (1797-1879) a Professor of Medicine at the University. Wood purchased the models in London and transported them to Philadelphia.

Date Made: ca 1830s

Maker: Towne, Joseph

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United Kingdom: England, London

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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1986.0177.02Accession Number: 1986.0177Catalog Number: 1986.0177.02

Object Name: Model, Anatomicalmodel, anatomical, hand with squamous eczemaOther Terms: Model, Anatomical; Medicine

Measurements: overall: 13 in x 6 3/8 in; 33.02 cm x 16.1925 cm


Record Id: nmah_738698

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