Ilya Mechnikov’s Memorial Collection

Medical models are principally used to demonstrate to medical students the characteristic manifestations of dermatological, venereal and tumorous disorders, along with other diseases such as leprosy. The museum allows anybody to examine these materials, some of them up to a century old.

This model collection is one of the most prominent in the entire Eastern European region. Some of these models were produced in small shops, others industrially, from 1922 till the 1970s, focusing particularly on accurate representations of leprosy and dermatological diseases.

Portrait of Ilya Mechnikov, artist Olga Mechņikov, 1912, canvas, oils, 60,0x73,0 cm.

Nobel laureate Ilya Mechnikov’s (1845–1916) hair. Placed in 26 containers, from 1903 till 1913.

Crystal inkpot. Late 19th century. Owned by Ilya Mechnikov.

Medicinal parcel “Кефирныя Лепешки Фридриха Лейцмань” (Friedrich Leizman’s Russian yoghurt patties). Moscow, 1910-1920. Produced by the company “A. Zhako”.

Tin “Comprimes de Lactobacilline Le Ferment”, Paris, early 20th century.


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