Don’t Light As Cartooned

January 20, 2011 § 2 Comments

"Figure 125 - The best single suggestion for good lighting is: DON'T do it as cartooned." Click to see larger version.

Good lighting requires simplicity. The least number of lamps possible should be employed. The greatest intensity should be directed at or near the center of the area of interest. The major lighting recommendation is summarized in Figure 125.

From “Clinical Photography – A Kodak Data Book” © Eastman Kodak Company, 1972.

The OR Before CCTV

January 18, 2011 § 2 Comments

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From the March 1948 issue of Mechanix Illustrated:

Telescopes and mirror give many eyes a close-up view of a delicate cataract operation which heretofore could be observed by only one or two. It happened in Doctors’ Hospital, L. A.

I can’t help but think that they wrestled for the best places, and that those in front (who obviously won) must be orthopedists. Who else would have the muscle to subdue a whole gang of ophthalmologists? But then again, why are they interested in a cataract operation?

Hat tip to Modern Mechanix.

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.

Viking Surgery

June 15, 2010 § 2 Comments

Copyright © Photographic & Video Services, University of Oslo. Permission required for reproduction or display.

While searching through our archive for a photo of an artificial heart valve, I found this rendition of what surgery could have been like in the viking age. Love that surgical mask detail. Nurse! Axe!

Hedge Your Bets

May 24, 2010 § 1 Comment

I heard a story about an obstetrician who was always right at determining the gender of the foetus. He had a little trick up his sleeve. « Read the rest of this entry »

The Mind is a Weirdo

April 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Red Queen from Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland".

We were having lunch, chatting about the day’s work as usual. Little did we know we’d soon realize we were all weirdos. It started with K’s story.
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Under My Umbrella

April 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.

This is why they’re called umbrella reflectors. No doubt about it.
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