Making a Tintype

March 9, 2012 § 1 Comment

A year back I wrote a post on the use of mirrors in vintage medical photos, with most examples from the American Civil War. The common photographic technique of that time was the tintype photograph. Check out this video from the George Eastman House to see how the process was done.

Unusual Robotic Surgical Skills

January 6, 2012 § 2 Comments


In a series of videos, surgeons at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle present their skills with the DaVinci surgical robot in novel ways, including folding a paper plane, lacing an American football and painting fingernails.

A very creative way to communicate the precision of robotic surgery to the public. You can find all the videos here.

Depth of Field Explained

May 15, 2011 § 1 Comment

Knowing how to control the depth of field is one of the basics of photography, but do you know why a large aperture results in a shallow depth of field?

Artist Justin Snodgrass has created this 20 minute tutorial that explains it all in detail. The video have some references to a “35 mm adapter” as it was made for videographers working with these kind of adapters, but the information applies to all sorts of photography.

Hat tip to PetaPixel.

Before a Live Studio Audience

August 31, 2010 § 1 Comment

In an effort to bring surgery back into the public domain, the Wellcome Collection in London arranged a Live Surgery event last year, broadcasting live open heart surgery to an audience of 200 lay people.

It’s interesting to hear people’s expectations and reactions in this short clip from the event. It reminds of the time when I showed the start of a prostatectomy video to my grandparents once. When I stopped it after a minute or so saying “So that’s what I do for a living”, they yelled “Don’t stop, we got to see how it ends!”.

Surgery sure is intriguing.

An iPad in the OR

June 3, 2010 § 5 Comments

Check out this video of a surgeon at Kobe University using an iPad to view 3D and 2D CT images while operating.

The touchscreen seems to be working fine, even though it’s covered with sterile plastic film and the surgeon is using gloves.

(via Japan Probe).

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.

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!

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