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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 painting of Ilya Mechnikov. He is sitting on a chair and resting his elbow on the back of it, half-turned and looking straight ahead.

Portrait of Ilya Mechnikov. Olga Mechnikova. Paris. 1912. Oil on canvas. 73 x 60 cm. PSMHM collection: 6491 A. Photo: Tom Majors

12 petri dishes filled with hair that is brown in color. Top paper slips with typewritten dates.

Hair samples of Ilya Mechnikov. 1906-1915. Petri dish diameter: 10.5 cm. Human hair, glass, paper. PSMHM stock: 6481/1 A, 6481/4 A, 6481/6-9 A, 6481/14 A, 6481/17-18 A, 6481/21-22 A, 6481/24 A . Photo: Didzis Grodzs

Medicine packaging box in light, light brown color. Its edges are decorated with a pattern of plants. The name is written on top in Russian with decorative letters. Next to it is a small cylinder with patties.

Packaging of a food product with the inscription in Russian "Кефирныя Лепешки Фридриха Лейцмань" [Friedrich Leitzman kefir scones]. Made in the Russian company "A. Jacque”. Moscow. 20th century the first decade. Metal. 7.5 x 11.2 x 1 cm. PSMHM collection: MVM 38188 LA 16115. Photo: Didzis Grodzs

A brown, rectangular metal tin box with a tattered product information label on top.

Nutritional supplement "Comprimes de Lactobacilline" in a package with an inscription in French. French company "Le Ferment". Paris. 20th century beginning. Metal. 10.2 x 4.8 x 1.6h cm. PSMHM collection: MVMp 24955 LZ 6488. Photo: Didzis Grodzs

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