July 17, 2010 §
Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.
I’ll spend most of the summer away from internet connections, so there won’t be any posts for some weeks. Have the best of summers and shoot some nice photos!
July 15, 2010 §
Joseph Lister's carbolic spray. Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.
A few months ago I was contacted by Legion Magazine, a publication affiliated with the Royal Canadian Legion, regarding use of the above photo of Joseph Lister’s carbolic spray. A deal was struck and today I received a copy of the July/August issue in the mail.
The photo is part of a feature called “Then & Now”, detailing 100 years of medical advancement, from bandages and ambulances to antiseptics and scalpels. Read it online here.
July 13, 2010 §
Harvey Pekar, hospital file clerk and comic book creator was found dead yesterday.
Pekar is best known for his American Splendor series, but he also wrote one of the most gripping accounts of cancer I’ve ever read – the autobiographical Our Cancer Year. « Read the rest of this entry »
July 12, 2010 §
Atul Gawande scrubbing for surgery. Photo from gawande.com.
“How helpless human newborn babies are,” my wife commented as we were watching some TV programme about surrogate mothers. “I read something really interesting about that recently,” I said, and realized I’d just referenced something I’d read in “Better” or “Complications” by Atul Gawande for the umpteenth time that week. « Read the rest of this entry »
July 8, 2010 §
Photos from mymedicalmuseum.com
In May Medgadget announced a competition called My Medical Museum, that encouraged people to visit their local medical museum and post a presentation on the competition website. The winner was announced yesterday: Adam Simone presenting the Warren Anatomical Museum in Boston. A great presentation combining text, photos and graphics to give you a virtual stroll around the museum.
With only 6 entries, however, the potential of this competition has not been fully realized. In my opinion the submission time was too short (about a month) and the competition website is very counter-intuitive and hard to navigate. There’s no easy way to locate the entries or find the winner.
The idea is too good to end with this, so I suggest to the good people at Medgadget to convert the competition into an ongoing project and make the site more user-friendly. There should be plenty of people interested in submitting, even without a prize.
July 6, 2010 §
"Venus Endormie". Photo © Joanna Ebenstein
A selection of Joanna Ebenstein’s photos of medical museum artifacts are on display over at the American Medical News website.
Joanna is a graphic designer and photographer who runs the excellent blog Morbid Anatomy, where she explores the meeting of art and medicine.
For more of her work, including photos from several medical museums around the world, check out her online exhibition The Secret Museum and her morbid anatomy collections on Flickr.