Admitted to Hospitālis

March 30, 2010 § 4 Comments

Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.

A medical misadventure with a distinguished kitchen. That’s how the Restorāns Hospitālis in the Latvian capital of Riga describes itself. This weekend I visited the restaurant and it turned out to be a hospital admittance to remember. « Read the rest of this entry »


March 24, 2010 § 3 Comments

A lot of people think I’m in the business of radiography (photo credit). I tell them I work as a photographer at a hospital and they only hear “grapher” and “hospital”. “So, you’re taking x-rays and stuff?”. No.

Medical photography is a very small speciality and most people don’t know we exist. Say the words “take some pictures” to a patient and she might get the wrong idea. Not everyone takes this long to realize, though. « Read the rest of this entry »

Jan van Rymsdyk – Drawer of Wombs

March 19, 2010 § 15 Comments

Jan van Rymsdyk's most famous plate from William Hunter's "Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus".

In October 2008 I visited the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow, where William Hunter’s great book of obstetrics was on display. Published in 1774, The Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus did much to  advance the understanding of human pregnancy. The book contains 34 copper engravings. 31 of these magnificent medical illustrations were made by a mysterious man called Jan van Rymsdyk. « Read the rest of this entry »

Hospital Food

March 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

Photo by Øystein Horgmo. © Medical Photography Section, University of Oslo.

I promised I would post photos here now and then, after I shut down my 365 project. This first one goes out to Tokyomas, who’s been nagging me about taking pictures of food. I had an assignment today with the hospital’s main kitchen to shoot some photos from a new cantina in the coronary care unit. They wanted the hospital food to look delicious, of course. Enjoy.

Medical Photographer Interview

March 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Medical photographer Karl Southerton.

I came across this interview with British medical photographer Karl Southerton. He specializes in opthalmic photography and heads the photo department at the Western Eye Hospital in London.

The interview (April 2009) is part of a BBC News web series about medical specialities, called Inside Medicine.

Also check out this short piece from the Imperial College bulletin 360°.

Always interesting to read about colleagues around the world!

Bring the Nose

March 6, 2010 § 3 Comments

Still from the animation film "Le Nez" by Alexander Alexeieff and Claire Parker.

There are a a few diagnoses that we take a standardized set of photos for, regardless of the individual patient. These sets provide the best photos of the diagnosis and assures consistency of documentation. One of these diagnoses is Deformatio Nasi or crooked nose. I don’t know if it’s because the photos are predetermined, but we always just call these patients “a nose”. « Read the rest of this entry »

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