Help Fund Medicine’s Dark Secrets

March 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

Dr. Lindsay Fitzharris, medical historian and author of the brilliant Chirurgeon’s Apprentice blog, is launching a campaign to raise money to produce a documentary called “Medicine’s Dark Secrets”.

In the documentary she will delve into anatomical specimen collections, so important to the development of modern surgery,  in an effort to find out who all these specimens came from. Who were these people?

If you, like me, love medical history, head over to the Indiegogo campaign pages and donate! There are lots of goodies waiting for you depending on the amount you choose to donate, and if you donate before March 9th you’ll even enter a draw.

How Life Feels to People with EB

November 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

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I recently came across this awareness campaign about the congenital disease Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) that blew me away. By making small changes to glossy photos of everyday objects, the advertising agency Lowe GGK really makes you feel the harsh reality for people with this disease. I think the images with the slide and the swing are the most disturbing.

Check out all the images in the series and read more about EB over at Debra International.

Rasmus – The Medical Enigma

October 9, 2012 § 4 Comments

Rasmus has been in and out of the hospital for as long as I can remember. He’s kind of large for a rodent, he doesn’t say much, but he’s a likable fellow. For the last three years I have photographed him in all around the hospital, but the doctors don’t seem to find out what’s wrong with him. He’s had blood tests, bone scintigraphy and a PET-scan. He’s had a cardiac catheterization and high-dose chemotherapy. A few months ago he even underwent craniofacial surgery. What’s even worse is he’ll probably have to go through a bunch of other procedures in the years to come, and no one will get any wiser.

If it wasn’t for the fact that Rasmus (“mus” means mouse in Norwegian) is Oslo University Hospital’s mascot for children, and the star of numerous info leaflets, I’d be really worried.

To see larger photos with captions, go to my Flickr page.

Medical Illustrations

August 17, 2012 § 1 Comment

The last year I’ve ventured into the domain of medical illustration. I’ve used Adobe Illustrator for different purposes for many years, but when I was asked to illustrate a case report on the repair of a chronic posterior sternoclavicular dislocation, I jumped on the opportunity to get to know the tools better.

I am a trained photographer, and by no means an accomplished medical illustrator, but I’ve been able to expand upon the client’s ideas and provide them with functional schematic illustrations. In pre-digital times our department had several illustrators on the staff, but that was over fifteen years ago. I’m glad we can provide some level of service in this field again. There’s certainly no less demand for it.

For larger images and captions, visit my Flickr page.

Blue Blood Donors of the Sea

January 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.

While shooting lab photos at the University of Oslo’s Department of Medical Biochemistry, I came across this little guy – an atlantic horseshoe crab kept in a desiccator. What was this odd-looking sea creature doing in a hospital research lab? « Read the rest of this entry »

Merry Esophageal Christmas

December 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

© Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association.

A case report in the latest issue of the Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association describes a 7-month-old boy who was admitted to hospital after problems with drooling, vomiting of any non-mashed food and laboured breathing. Thoracic CT revealed a star-shaped foreign body stuck in the esophageal wall (above). The foreign body was removed endoscopically and turned out to be an 18 mm large plastic star from a christmas decoration.

And with that story The Sterile Eye wish all readers and friends a merry christmas and a happy new year!

Alone in the Blood Bank

July 9, 2011 § 6 Comments

Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.

Last Friday night at a quarter to midnight, the blood bank called me and asked if I could donate blood the next morning. Fresh blood was needed for a critically ill child, I had the right blood type and I was scheduled to donate on Monday anyway. So Saturday morning I put my four-year-old daughter in the car and turned up at the blood bank at 07:45. « Read the rest of this entry »

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