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 »

The Opposite of Fashion

September 20, 2010 § 2 Comments

Hidradenitis suppurativa of the axilla. Photo from bestpractice.bmj.com.

A career in fashion photography seems to be the dream of a lot of young photographers these days. In medical photography however, you won’t find much glamour or glitz, but a lot of real people with real problems. « Read the rest of this entry »

Inner Landscapes – An Interview with Penny Oliver

August 27, 2010 § 6 Comments

"Diverticulosis". Painting by Penny Oliver.

About a year ago I was contacted by Penny Oliver, a reader of this blog who presented herself as a studio artist who concentrated her energies on anatomical and histological paintings. She wrote:

Your line of work is one of the resources that keeps me going!  Without the documentation of surgical procedures and the study of tissues, I would have a hard time doing what I do.

Medical photography as a basis for art! I decided to ask this interesting artist for an interview, and here it is. « Read the rest of this entry »

Bubonic Plague Figurine

August 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.

We went camping in Finland this summer and spent one day in the city of Turku. In the city museum part of Turku Castle I found this wooden figurine, depicting a victim of the Black Death.

By the time we reached this part of the castle however, my kids (3 and 6 years old) were so fed up (I can’t blame them) I didn’t have time to write down any details about the statuette. If someone reading this have, please write a comment.

Photo in Legion Magazine

July 15, 2010 § 1 Comment

Joseph Lister's carbolic spray. Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.

A few months ago I was contacted by Legion Magazine, a publication affiliated with the Royal Canadian Legion, regarding use of the above photo of Joseph Lister’s carbolic spray. A deal was struck and today I received a copy of the July/August issue in the mail.

The photo is part of a feature called “Then & Now”, detailing 100 years of medical advancement, from bandages and ambulances to antiseptics and scalpels. Read it online here.

Better and Complications

July 12, 2010 § 4 Comments

Atul Gawande scrubbing for surgery. Photo from gawande.com.

“How helpless human newborn babies are,” my wife commented as we were watching some TV programme about surrogate mothers. “I read something really interesting about that recently,” I said, and realized I’d just referenced something I’d read in “Better” or “Complications” by Atul Gawande for the umpteenth time that week. « Read the rest of this entry »

“My Medical Museum” Should Go On

July 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

Photos from mymedicalmuseum.com

In May Medgadget announced a competition called My Medical Museum, that encouraged people to visit their local medical museum and post a presentation on the competition website. The winner was announced yesterday: Adam Simone presenting the Warren Anatomical Museum in Boston. A great presentation combining text, photos and graphics to give you a virtual stroll around the museum.

With only 6 entries, however, the potential of this competition has not been fully realized. In my opinion the submission time was too short (about a month) and the competition website is very counter-intuitive and hard to navigate. There’s no easy way to locate the entries or find the winner.

The idea is too good to end with this, so I suggest to the good people at Medgadget to convert the competition into an ongoing project and make the site more user-friendly. There should be plenty of people interested in submitting, even without a prize.

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