The Unreusable Syringe

October 30, 2009 § Leave a comment

The reuse of syringes is one of the major causes for the spread of AIDS, and accounts for more deaths annually than malaria.

In this TED Talk, British inventor Marc Koska presents the problem and a low-cost solution.

Quiz: What is this?

October 13, 2009 § 8 Comments

What is this?

What is this?

I took a picture of this thing yesterday. Well, not actually of it, but of a rendering of it. But what is it?

Close-Up Medical Photography

October 8, 2009 § 2 Comments


Diagram from "The Use of Close-up Photography in Clinical Medicine".

I recently came across an article called “The Use of Close-up Photography in Clinical Medicine”, from the June 1962 issue of the Singapore Medical Journal.  Although the photographic equipment has changed over the years, the principles remain the same, and are well described in this paper. « Read the rest of this entry »

Keyhole Surgery

October 7, 2009 § Leave a comment

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Wordpress just gained access to the huge photo database PicApp. I decided to check it out, and of course searched for the term “surgery”. Among the thousands of celebrity plastic surgery pics, I found this gem.

Click on the arrow to get rid of the thumbnails, and hover your mouse over the photo for the background story.

The Patient and the Photographer

October 6, 2009 § 1 Comment


Patients are people – people with problems. They are often in pain and usually apprehensive. To them, the medical photographer is someone who, once more, submits them to an institutional routine. He takes their pictures, with part or all of their clothing removed, to show what is usually an embarrassing condition or deformity. Again, indispensable as photography is in the teaching and advancing of medicine, it does not present to the patient the same direct benefit as a radiograph or a blood test.

H. Lou Gibson, Medical photography; clinical-ultraviolet-infrared (1973). (photo credit)

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