A Video and a Great Blog

January 9, 2010 § 1 Comment

Two things caught my attention this last week:

  1. The video above, from KORB, directed by Rimantas Lukavicius. Absolutely stunning! Hat tip to Street Anatomy.
  2. The blog Medical Moments in 55 Words, where internist WordDoc writes about her patient encounters using only 55 words. The result has almost haiku-like qualities. Best blog I’ve read in ages!

A Peek Inside the Surgery Museum

November 9, 2009 § 2 Comments


A Peruvian skull with evidence of early trepanation. Photo: Jim Merithew/Wired.com.

Wired has posted a great article about the International Museum of Surgical Sciences in Chicago. Packed with beautiful photos, the article takes you inside the museum and showcases some of the most interesting items on display.

Anyone been to the museum? I sure want to visit after reading this!

Why You Should Take Your Own Clinical Photos

September 17, 2009 § 3 Comments

I have written a guest post for the dermatology blog DermMatters, published by the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD). Titled “Why You Should Take Your Own Clinical Photos”, the post contains five tips for doctors who want to start taking their own pictures. Check it out here!

More Than Nothing

September 7, 2009 § 1 Comment


Retinitis pigmentosa, as interpreted by photographer Bård Ek.

I visited a beautiful photo exhibition yesterday, titled “More Than Nothing” (Mer enn ingenting).  The Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted has gotten 18 of Norway’s best photographers to interpret the most common eye conditions. The purpose is to show both what it’s like to be visually impaired, and to inform about the different conditions.

The photographers have interviewed persons with these conditions and then tried to what the world looks like through their eyes. All the photos can be seen on the exhibition website (only Norwegian text). Browse by clicking on the photographer’s names on the left.

Exquisite Bodies

September 1, 2009 § Leave a comment

The Wellcome Collection in London is hosting an exhibition of 19th-century anatomical wax models, entitled “Exquisite Bodies” from July 30th to October 18th (photo credit). In Victorian Britain, the demand for cadavers for dissection was very high, but the supply was low. One solution was to make anatomical wax models to teach anatomy. A lot of these models also found their way into museums,  teaching the public about reproduction and contagious diseases.

There’s a lot to explore on the exhibition’s website: image galleries with some of the most prominent items, an interactive anatomical Venus and videos on these Victorian wax wenches.

Also check out the Guardian’s image gallery and an audio slideshow from BBC News.

Top 50 Surgical Blogs

June 9, 2009 § Leave a comment

Check out iScrub’s comprehensive list of the top 50 surgical blogs. I feel honored to be included in this company!

Turning the Pages

May 28, 2009 § 1 Comment

vesalius-p559The National Library of Medicine hosts a great web project called Turning the Pages. Using a flash-based interface, they let you read old medical tomes like Andreas Vesalius’s De Humani Corporis Fabrica and Ambroise Paré’s Oeuvres by literally turning the pages. The books are also filled with curator’s notes on the text and illustrations. This is as close as most of us will get to a hands-on experience. Excellent!

The illustration above is from page 559 of De Humani Corporis Fabrica.

1800s Surgical Kit Explained

May 21, 2009 § 1 Comment

unboxing1Head over to MedGadget to see what’s hiding in this 19th century surgical kit. A fascinating look at pre-anesthesia surgery with Dr. Laurie Slater, editor of medical antiques website Phisick.

Nice article on surgical video

April 4, 2009 § Leave a comment


Mike Cohen, a video producer based in Connecticut, USA, has written a comprehensive article on surgical videography with lots of production tips on both open and laparoscopic surgery (photo credit). The article features some great pictures. Nice to see someone else writing about the same stuff as myself. Be sure to check it out!

US Army medical photos on Flickr

March 19, 2009 § 4 Comments

Operation for hernia, Walter Reed Hospital, showing motion picture camera in action, 1918.

Operation for hernia, Walter Reed Hospital, showing motion picture camera in action, 1918. (Creative Commons).

The National Museum of Health and Medicine (run by the US Army) are making a selection of their vast archive of military medical photos available on Flickr. Almost 800 photos are currenly uploaded, all with a Creative Commons License.

Head archivist Mike Rhode revealed the museum’s excellent policy in this statement to Wire:

“You pay taxes. These are your pictures,” Rhode said. “You should be able to see them”.

Also check out the museum’s unofficial blog A Repository for Bottled Monsters.

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