Neurosurgical Trephine Set by Haupner.
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c. 1880 antique hypodermic syringe
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A nesting set of patent 1884 Erhardt’s mouth specula


Demons Attacking a Man with Enemas

An army of demons armed with “clysters”, one of which is a huge cannon, attack a man tied to a tree. The vintage illustration is an early form of medical ‘satire’, dating around 1800, depicting the awful experience of having an enema. One of the demons is even holding a hammer, suggesting that he is going to insert his clyster into the man with extreme force.

Clyster is an archaic word for enema, more particularly for enemas administered using a clyster syringe pictured above. Clysters were used from the 1600’s to the end of the 1800’s.

An enema is the procedure of introducing liquids into the rectum and colon via the anus. The increasing volume of the liquid causes rapid expansion of the lower intestinal tract, making the procedure extremely painful.


vintage syringe 
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War and Prosthetics

There’s something undeniably beautiful about prosthetic limbs, designed to echo the physical grace and mechanical engineering of the human body. For most people, these objects elicit some combination of squeamish discomfort and utmost respect. But far fewer of us connect those feelings to the untold generations of battle-scarred amputees whose sacrifices made prosthetics a public priority.


Metal case engraved with an art nouveau design containing a hypodermic syringe, vial, needles, and file. 1880-1920

"The glass vial has a composite top and is stained with the residue of its red brown contents which would likely have been a form of opiate solution for injection. The glass of the Pravaz style syringe has hand etched graduations and the amount injected could also be limited by an adjustable screw in the plunger." 


Extreme rotatory curvature of the spine, from Joseph Coats’s A Manual of Pathology, 1900
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Antique dental model by Vecabé. The full set of teeth are made from enamel and would have been painstakingly crafted individually.Each one is secured to the mandible with brass pin and can be removed. They fit together perfectly to form an anatomically correct bite.

France, 1920-1930

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Vintage dissection kit
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1971 artist unknown
via Things Magazine
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Why do you think the depiction of women as “perfect” are so successful, despite being such an obvious distortion of the truth? Is it lust? Signal strength?
"On the subject of perfection, that’s tricky. Even I feel entranced while staring at perfectly structured female body. I love seeing my female friends naked and appreciate their bodies as beautiful images. But, there is a tipping point wherethe body loses the personal identity and becomes just an object. I think that happens in work like Will Cotton’s- he is lustfully placing gorgeous female nudes in the clouds and coating them with sugar icing. His blatant sexualization of the female is so obvious that it’s not even worth debating; the viewer just accepts it and moves on. So, what’s the harm? The harm is taking away that human aspect of the female nude and debasing her. Art is just an expression of the cultural consciousness and if the feminine is debased here, it’s a signal of a prevailing attitude in the cultural at large. On some level it needs to be continually challenged.”
 - Jenny Morgan
Empty Kingdom interview, 2012
(You to Me; 2013 by Jenny Morgan)
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