995.4.16: Skin Section Model, 1900-1940

Additional Images

995.4.16: Skin Section Model. Teaching model of magnified cross section of skin - sweat gland flanked by 2 hair follicle
Image No. 2744 Teaching model of magnified cross section of skin - sweat gland flanked by 2 hair follicle; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Painted numbered teaching model [plaster over wooden core] of magnified cross section of skin - sweat gland flanked by 2 hair follicles. 3 tiers connected with side hinges on wooden base. Removable skin section in middle tier dermis to expose vessels. Round metal disc with manufacturers name and address nailed onto base.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 995.4.16
Collection: Anatomy & Pathology
Date: 1900-1940

Object Dimensions

  • Height: 22 cm
  • Width: 30 cm
  • Depth: 16 cm

Object Parts

  • a) 3 tier skin model connected by side hinges on base
  • b) Removable skin section

Object Materials

  • copper alloy,
  • metal,
  • paint,
  • plaster of Paris,
  • steel,
  • wood

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Baker, C.
  • Owner: Dr. Andrew Davidson
  • History of Use: Used by Dr. Andrew Davidson [1885-1972] a military doctor [Captain] and a noted dermatologist who served in both WW1 and WW2. He served in France as an officer [Captain] for the Royal Army Medical Corps (1915-1917) and in the Canadian Army Medical Corps (1917-1919), specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of venereal and skin diseases. In 1939, he returned to active military service with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and was involved in the institution of the PULHEMS system. This is a system for classification of soldiers, the acronym stands for: P – physical capacity, U – upper extremity, L – locomotion, H – hearing, E – eyesight, M – mental capacity, S – stability of emotions. After the war, Dr. Davidson moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver, where he was in practice in association with his son, Dr. Kenneth Davidson. In 1947, Dr. Davidson was elected as the founding president of the Canadian Dermatological Association, and was a winner of the Sabouraud Medal for research in dermatology.