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20 August 2012 0 Comments

Buddy Max & His Birthmark

http://youtu.be/0wUVhuBus1g Apparently this is on one of the fine “Songs in the Key of Z” collections of outsider music, but we only heard it last week.  Now you too can hear Buddy’s semi-musical retelling of  a visit to an overseas surgeon to remove an unnamed birthmark.  It’s in the form of a letter to his […]

13 March 2012 0 Comments

A Surgical Poetry Reading

An un-sedated patient reads a poem dedicated to the scalpel-wielding Dr. Angel Escurdero while under the influence of  “Volitive Psychoanalgesia. The video posted on YouTube is linked to the Spanish doctor’s site where he promotes his own artsy approach to medicine and something he calls “noesitherapy,” or “healing by thinking”  (from the Greek word “noesis” for “thinking).

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8 March 2012 0 Comments

Junior Interns on the Loose?

I don’t know what’s going on here, but it makes me very uncomfortable.

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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 […]

6 June 2011 0 Comments

Surgical Couture 3: Red Ringers

Surgical Couture 3: Red Ringers

Q: What’s black and white, and red, and over? A: Our “Surgical Couture” series of posts. Couldn’t resist one last post after our friend Jason reminded us of those gorgeous red surgical gowns in Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers.

6 June 2011 0 Comments

Surgical Couture 2: Basic Black

After our last post about dramatic surgical styles, it’s hard not to think of Alexis Carrel, the man who really put the “theater” in “operating theater.” As divine as vintage white surgical gowns might be, the diabolical black shrouds preferred by Dr. Carrel surely have them beat. Carrel, a French surgeon and Nobel Prize winner working […]

2 June 2011 0 Comments

Surgical Couture: Vintage White

Sure, contemporary blue or green surgical wear may be easier on the eye, but only the white wardrobe of yesteryear really moves us. So it was a great delight to discover the Flickr set of “Knuckles 45,” who obviously shares our appreciation for antique surgical styles. Savor for a moment these depictions of surgeons dressed […]

16 May 2011 0 Comments

Never Too Much of a Bad Thing

Feedback 0n the recent face-transplant blog entry got us searching the topic a bit more, and we didn’t have to search long. Think this pretty much says it all: “Face Transplant Pictures Dot Com” (not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach obviously)  

9 May 2011 1 Comment

First US Face Transplant

Doctors in Boston held a press conference today to reveal the results of the first complete face transplant performed in the USA.  (Spain beat us to one in 2006). Still working on the eyes…. (Details here.)

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, […]