Medical Photos from Victorian Ireland

September 28, 2010 § 2 Comments

A collection of photographs of patients treated by Victorian surgeon Edward Stamer O’Grady is reproduced for the first time in the latest issue of the Scope medical magazine. See the photos, all from the vast Burns Archive and read the story behind them below.

The cover photo, with its creative use of a mirror to show the posterior view of the shoulder, is absolutely stunning!

Hat tip to Morbid Anatomy.

The Opposite of Fashion

September 20, 2010 § 2 Comments

Hidradenitis suppurativa of the axilla. Photo from

A career in fashion photography seems to be the dream of a lot of young photographers these days. In medical photography however, you won’t find much glamour or glitz, but a lot of real people with real problems. « Read the rest of this entry »

After the Curtain

September 7, 2010 § 7 Comments

Medical Photography Section , University of Oslo © All rights reserved.

This photo of an operating theatre at Rikshospitalet national hospital ca. 1900 is one of my absolute favorites from our archives. Even though the lights are out and the room empty, there’s an intense atmosphere to it. You can almost see the surgeons and the eager students. The light falling on the wall, the wet floor and the wheeled table that’s slightly out of balance with the rest of the room. Very dramatic.

Wish I had more details about it, but even the photographer is unknown.

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