Exhibition on the centenary of the establishment of the Polish Dermatological Society and the opening of the Warsaw Dermatological Clinic

The 2020/2021 academic year is a special time for Polish dermatology. A hunderd years ago, the Polish Dermatological Society (PTD) was established and Dermatology Clinic was founded in Warsaw at Koszykowa street. In connection with this centenary, we are currently holding an exhibition presenting the history of these two extremely important institutions for Polish medicine. We present, face to face, the profiles of two prominent Warsaw dermatologists: the outstanding theoretician Franciszek Krzyształowicz – the first Head of the Clinic and Robert Bernhardt – the first President of PTD, Head of the St Lazarus hospital and, above all, an excellent clinician. In the interwar period, they often competed with each other, conducted scientific disputes, thanks to which not only medicine developed and progressed in Poland, but also other outstanding researchers cropped up, including Stefania Jabłońska, who wascontinuing the work of her predecessors.

At present, due to the epidemiological situation, the exhibition is accessible only to employees of the Medical University of Warsaw and patients registered for visits at the clinic. For this reason, we provide display panels on-line to all interested parties. As soon as it is possible to see the exhibition in the building of the Dermatology Clinic at Koszykowa street, we will inform you immediately.

The items presented at the exhibition come from: the Museum of the History of Medicine of the Medical University of Warsaw, the Main Library of the Medical University of Warsaw, the Dermatological Clinic and the private collections of prof. Lidia Rudnicka.

Texts: Diana Święcka, Adam Tyszkiewicz

Graphic design: Piotr Berezowski

Photos: Krzysztof Gardulski, Photomedical Department of the Medical University of Warsaw