patient with a minor trauma to the left index finger
Shotgun wound from a twelve-bore weapon. The circular outline indicates that the discharge was perpendicular to the skin surface.
Francis Derwent Wood painting the mask of an injured soldier (Imperial War Museum/Oxford Journals)
Thomas Eakins - The Gross Clinic (1875)
oil on canvas
Something a little different today: this painting carries immense insight into the theater of pre-aseptic surgery. Pictured, a patient undergoes treatment for osteomyelitis of the femur with a conservative approach; the days of total amputation of the limb for the same disease were not far gone.
In contrast to today’s surgical setting, the theater is open to a great many students, who watch from the stands, and a woman presumed to be a member of family.
The titular doctor Gross and company would not have necessarily washed their hands or instruments before performing the operation, as was common at the time. The painting represents a transitional period for surgery: the patient was anesthetized and not about to lose a leg on account of his disease, but was likely to suffer infection soon afterwards due to a lack of understanding as to the importance of clinical cleanliness.
the morbid anatomy anthology & the sick rose
Beautiful copperplate images from Adriaan van de Spiegel’s De formato foetu liber singularis, published in Padua in 1626. They were drawn by Odoardo Fialetti and engraved by Francesco Valesio for the anatomist Julius Casserius, professor of anatomy at the University of Padua. Casserius died before publishing his anatomical atlas, and the plates were eventually acquired by a physician named Liberale Crema, who used them to illustrate his father-in-law Adriaan van de Spiegel’s text on generation.
The earliest known prosthesis, a toe from ancient Egypt.
Dating back to the period 950 to 710 B.C.E, this wooden toe once belonged to an Egyptian noblewoman and would have assisted in walking, as well as contributing aesthetically.
Decaying Corpse study by Yoshimura Lanzhou, Edo era.
Original caption: “Illustrating important anterior (and posterior) areas for sedative, stimulating, tonic, counter-irritant and other local applications to influence the internal organs and tissues marked in outline.”
High Frequency Electric Currents in Medicine and Dentistry. S.H. Monell. 1910.