Viking Surgery

June 15, 2010 § 2 Comments

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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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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 »

The Party Bag

September 28, 2009 § 2 Comments

Stoma bags and skin barrier (top right). Photo:

Colostomy (stoma) bags and mounting plate (top right). Photo by Øystein Horgmo ©

I was going through a lot of old photos today, and came across a funny one I’d completely forgotten. About a year ago I was working with a medical writer to document treatment for colorectal cancer. I was going to take several photos to accompany this video and a text about living with a stoma. That’s when I decided to play a little trick on the writer. « Read the rest of this entry »

No Scrubs

September 25, 2009 § 1 Comment


Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.

The hospital where I work has two major building complexes. The cancer center, where I spend most of my days, is located about a 15-minute drive from the main hospital. Some cancer surgery and other procedures are, however,  only done at the main hospital, so I sometimes head over there with my cameras. This was one of those days. « Read the rest of this entry »

Tapping the Internal Jargon Vein

August 31, 2009 § 2 Comments

All professions and work places develop a certain jargon (photo credit) that tends to be unintelligible to an outsider. For the last four years I’ve been working on a online resource for cancer treatment. If a anyone would happen to stumble into one of our editorial meetings, they would most likely have been shocked by the seemingly sleazy chatter. « Read the rest of this entry »

Anatomy Detective

March 6, 2009 § 4 Comments

Anatomy Detective

The pebbed glass door panel is lettered in flaked black paint: “Øystein Horgmo…Anatomical Investigations”. It is a reasonably shabby door at the end of a shabby corridor in the sort of building that was new about the year all-tile bathroom became the basis of civilization. The door is locked, but next to it is another door with the same legend which is not locked. Come on in – there’s nobody in here but me and a few volumes of Sobotta and Gray’s. « Read the rest of this entry »

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