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28 February 2012 0 Comments

From London’s Science Museum

London’s Science Museum hosts a lovely virtual collection of objects related to medical history.  The object above is described as a “pair of artificial arms for a child, Roehampton, England, 1964, noting that the arts were somehow “gas powered” (?).  The chid for whom these arms were designed is understood to be a victim of […]

8 September 2011 0 Comments

Medical Paintings by Georges Chicotot

These two images “The First Attempt to Treat Cancer with X-Rays” and “Insertion of a Tube” were painted by Georges Chicotot, doctor, and one of the world’s first specialists in radiology.   They are on display at he Musee de l’Assistance Publique, Hopitaux de Paris.

9 July 2011 0 Comments

A Good Eye for a Sutured Infection

We created a Tumblr account recently and have been really digging the vintage medical scenes shared by Sutured Infection. Here’s a sample of what we’re crushing out on. We think you’ll understand. Some days your nerve feel numbered.   A hand exerciser. Equipment for studying the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Herbert List: “Instructive View into […]

5 May 2011 0 Comments

Bezoars: Persian for “Magic Hairballs”

Lisa Wood and her Swallowing Plates reminded us of the topic of swallowed indigestibles, but we still somehow missed National Hairball Day on April 27. To make up for this sad omission we feature the hairball in its most elevated state:  the bezoar. “Bezoars” are accretions of matter fibrous matter such as hair (in cats, […]