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.

Morbid Anatomy on Display

July 6, 2010 § 1 Comment

"Venus Endormie". Photo © Joanna Ebenstein

A selection of Joanna Ebenstein’s photos of medical museum artifacts are on display over at the American Medical News website.

Joanna is a graphic designer and photographer who runs the excellent blog Morbid Anatomy, where she explores the meeting of art and medicine.

For more of her work, including photos from several medical museums around the world, check out her online exhibition The Secret Museum and her morbid anatomy collections on Flickr.

Malaria-zapping Laser

May 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

If only more geeks would put their skills to use like this, that brighter future wouldn’t seem so far away.

The Medical Museion

May 10, 2010 § 8 Comments

Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.

The old building of the Royal Academy of Surgeons in Copenhagen now houses the Medical Museion – a meeting point of medical history, art and science. I finally had a chance to visit last weekend. « Read the rest of this entry »

Grand Rounds Vol. 6 No. 30

April 20, 2010 § 11 Comments

Welcome to Grand Rounds Vol.6 No. 30 here at the Sterile Eye (photo credit). The theme for this edition is Visual Communication. Some of the posts address this more directly than others, so to harmonize form and content I have chosen to represent the submitted posts not by words, but by 450×150 pixels each.

None of the images are taken from the posts, but are chosen by me because they in some way or other embody the subject of the different posts. Click on the images to read the posts. Enjoy! « Read the rest of this entry »

Grand Rounds Here Next Week

April 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’ll have the honor of  hosting Grand Rounds Vol. 6 No. 30 on Tuesday April 20. Grand Rounds is the weekly round-up of the best health blog posts the web has to offer. Check out this week’s great edition over at .PARALLEL UNIVERSES..

Suggested theme is VISUAL COMMUNICATION, but all posts will be accepted. Send them to [my email] by the end of Sunday April 18. Put “Grand Rounds Submission” in the subject and please include the following in your mail:

1. Post title
2. Post URL
3. Short description of the post
4. Blog title
5. Blog URL

Hoist the sails. Posts away!

Jan van Rymsdyk – Drawer of Wombs

March 19, 2010 § 15 Comments

Jan van Rymsdyk's most famous plate from William Hunter's "Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus".

In October 2008 I visited the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow, where William Hunter’s great book of obstetrics was on display. Published in 1774, The Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus did much to  advance the understanding of human pregnancy. The book contains 34 copper engravings. 31 of these magnificent medical illustrations were made by a mysterious man called Jan van Rymsdyk. « Read the rest of this entry »

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