How times change. Dentists, for example: in the early 20th century, it seems they sometimes accepted walrus tusks in payment - no, it's not a joke. Two of the artistically carved gnashers can be seen in the Medical History Museum at the Eppendorf University Hospital (UKE). The total experience ranges from fascinating to faintly gruesome: wax-moulded reproductions of diseased body parts, known as moulages, may not be everybody's cup of tea. Behind the occasionally bizarre objects, however, lies the enthralling story of how modern medicine developed.
The museum is only open at weekends (Saturday to Sunday, 1.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.) and admission costs a thrifty 6 euros, with 4 euros for concessions, and includes a guided tour.
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Photo: UKE / Claudia Ketels