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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Cut and clipped bodies by Oejerum

See his work on his website:

Queering Eco-Psychology and Post-Anthropocene Dreams

The recent Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts in Copenhagen was a wild ride, replete with considerations of refiguring human-plant relationships and experimenting with algae, bacteria, and chlorophyll in art. Here are some images of conference-related happenings:

The Art of Sigrid Sara

See text via The Order of the Good Death. Here are some images to get you started on a fascinating journey:

The artist also has a crowdfunding campaign to create a series in New Orleans. $500 gets you a diseased hand, mouth, or eye! Donate more and you can get your own face immortalized in wax!

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Historical Body in Copenhagen

First the Medical Museion:

Reconstruction of the torso of Alexis St. Martin, who was observed for years by William Beaumont after a gunshot wound turned into a fistula with a direct view of the insides of the stomach.

Kidney stone 

Glass eyes

Former anatomical theater

Reconstructed apothecary

Preserved fetus in utero

Preserved head showing veins

Preserved foot showing tendons

Hand showing tendons

Forest of spines

Conjoined twins

Dissection table

Former anatomy theater

Spanish flies used as irritants

Cholera sample

Padded box for psychiatric patients

Prosthetic leg

Prosthetic arm

Surgical chair

And from the National Museum of Denmark:

For more On this miniature wax cadaver and much larger ivory skeleton See HERE.

Get Your Vampire Study On

Some scholarly sources on vampires in New England:

Bell (2004), Vampires and death in New England, 1784 to 1892

Sledzik & Bellantoni (1994), Vioarcheological and biocultural evidence for the New England vampire folk belief

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Quote of the Day

"It was a cool December morning
when William C. Minor cut off his penis."


Artist Doreen Garner

A fascinating, terrifying, beautiful work dealing with trauma, the physicality of the body, and the history of violence against black women in the history of gynecology and medicine.

Watch the video of her process and commentary:

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Quote of the Day: "I cannot see any good reason to think of the way, say, oral sex, triggers or fails to trigger disgust any differently than how we think of the cornbread."

Terrible Period Advice

See the article HERE

Who knew gallstones could be so beautiful?

Image from from Thomas Schnalke's "Das Ding an Sich: Zur Geschichte eines berliner Gallensteins."

The Chymist

"Originally, alchemy was a secretive activity, with its own complex and mystical imagery. By the 1740s it had become distinct from chemistry, and alchemists were popularly regarded as charlatans."

Monday, July 3, 2017

X-Ray Singing

Tuberculosis: HOT or NOT?

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

New Blog

Always more to see and read:

By Brandy Schillace

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

On the French Midwife Madame du Coudray

"She was a bold pioneer in obstetrical pedagogy in the service of France, tirelessly promoting the interests of the government that dispatched her. She was a curse visited upon the traditional village matrons who practiced timehonored ways of birthing and wanted no "help" or instruction disrupting their lives. She was a female upstart usurping the turf of doctors and surgeons who had traditionally presided over all examinations and degreegranting ceremonies for midwives throughout the country. She was a wondrous, brilliant phenomenon. She was a virago. A loyal patriotic servant. A fraud not to be trusted. An ingenious inventor. An outrageous, pretentious quack. A selfsacrificing, devoted teacher. Feminist role model. Traitor to her sex. Savior of the French population. Mere flash in the pan. Boon to humanity. Royal (literally) nuisance. Any and all of the above, depending on your point of view."
Gelbart, Nina Rattner. The King's Midwife : A History and Mystery of Madame Du Coudray. University of California Press, 1998.

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