No Pacifier

October 27, 2010 § 5 Comments

Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.

Notice on the incubator of a one-week-old baby with epidermolysis bullosa (EB):

I must do without a pacifier. Or else I get large wounds in my mouth. Give me some drops of mother’s milk instead.

A Watch for the Blind

October 22, 2010 § 5 Comments

Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.

This is a pocket watch I’ve inherited after my great-grandfather. Working as a farmer on the northwest coast of Norway he injured one of his eyes while mending a wire fence. Some time later he injured the other eye in the exact same way, making him completely blind. The watch has no glass cover and the numbers are indicated with braille-like dots.

The blindness did not stop him from providing his family with an income. Although he couldn’t go on as a farmer, he started making a living as a cabinetmaker. He died a few years before I was born.

Larger and additional photos available on my Flickr page.

Two Kids in Hospital

October 18, 2010 § 1 Comment

Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.

A hospital stay can be an adventure and it can be a nightmare. This is the story of two kids from the skin ward I photographed the other day. « Read the rest of this entry »

The Other Side of the Lens

October 11, 2010 § 5 Comments

Photo by Robert Peinert © All rights reserved.

Guest post by Robert Peinert

For the past two years, I worked as a medical photographer and videographer during my graduate studies. While I primarily worked for a general surgery department, I often found myself documenting orthopedic and neurosurgical cases as well, in part due to my boss’ involvement with these other departments. Because of my background – mother was a nurse, father is an orthopedic surgeon – I have spent some time in and around operating rooms and surgeons’ clinics, allowing me to become familiar with the general instruments and supplies used in any case. Because of this, while photographing or filming, I would be often asked to grab something – usually gauze or sterile towels, etc….you know, the simple, everyday stuff. « Read the rest of this entry »

National Museum of Medicine

October 3, 2010 § 1 Comment

Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.

The National Museum of Medicine was established as recently as 2001, with the first permanent exhibition opening in 2003. Although the exhibitions are very interesting, the museum still has some distance to cover to become a national museum. « Read the rest of this entry »

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