Beauty and the Biologic: Artistic Documentation of Scientific Breakthrough in Psoriasis

Maul, Julia-Tatjana and Carraro, Sabina and Stierlin, Johanna and Geiges, Michael L. and Navarini, Alexander A.. (2015) Beauty and the Biologic: Artistic Documentation of Scientific Breakthrough in Psoriasis. Case reports in dermatology, 7 (3). pp. 249-252.

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The making of wax moulages was an exclusive and sought-after art that was primarily used for teaching, but also to document clinical and laboratory research during the first half of the 20th century. Applying the technique of moulage-making to document a case of psoriasis improvement for posterity, a moulage of the trunk of a patient with psoriasis vulgaris was taken prior to treatment with biologics - adalimumab, a TNF-α antagonist - and again 3 month after adalimumab was first given. Our modern moulage shows in the most realistic way the science-driven improvement of psoriasis achievable nowadays with biologics. However, the real clinical picture of the disease is shrouded by showing only one detail of the patient - by accident the one with the best clinical improvement. All available techniques to document skin disease have advantages and limitations and nothing beats seeing live patients.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Spezialfächer (Klinik) > Dermatologie USB > Dermatologie (Navarini)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Spezialfächer (Klinik) > Dermatologie USB > Dermatologie (Navarini)
UniBasel Contributors:Navarini, Alexander
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Further Journal Contribution
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