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Special Medical Exhibit

I came across quite a special medical exhibit on BoingBoing featuring fascinating images and ancient medical gadgets:

There’s a fascinating exhibit at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo right now called Medicine and Art: Imagining a Future for Life and Love. It showcases 150 works of art that represent our fascination with the human body, both as a living machine that we’re constantly trying to understand and as an artistic medium. The iconic example of this is Leonardo Da Vinci’s cranium drawings from the 15th century (pictured right), part of the Royal Collection belonging to Queen Elizabeth II.

Gilles Barbier; L’Hospice / The Nursing Home; 2002; six wax figures, television, various elements dimension variable; Courtesy: Galerie G.-P. & N. Vallois, Paris

Image source: BoingBoing

MRI Puzzle

What happens if you combine magnetic resonance imaging with games and creativity? See the idea of Neil Fraser:

(Hat tip: Idegenszövet)

Human Body as a Machine: Video

Fritz Kahn, a German gynaecologist born in 1888, was a real genius of medical illustrations.  More than a hundred years later Henning Lederer, audiovisual artist, paid tribute to this genius by creating the video below based on Kahn’s work. Enjoy:

(Hat tip: Advertising and Health)

Dance Your Research Project: Videos of Finalists

Do you remember the Dance Your PhD contest? The Science Dance Match-Up challenge is not a new one but still features really interesting videos.

This experiment began back in October 2008 with a challenge to scientists to interpret their Ph.D. theses in dance form, capture the dances on video, and upload them onto YouTube. Six weeks later, a panel of expert judges chose four winners, hailing from Australia, Germany, Canada, and the United States. (All of them have artistic backgrounds.)

The scientists then passed the baton to the artists. Each scientist was paired with a choreographer. Between November and January, the choreographers studied in depth a peer-reviewed research article from their scientists’ labs. The scientists helped them come to grips with the research and its underlying science. The four choreographers then used that raw scientific material to create a four-part dance called THIS IS SCIENCE.

Missing Frames: How many different videos can you recognize?

I met Jiayi Young who is an artist/physicist this January at the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 17 conference. She promised me to upload the video that I saw in person:

This video is multitasking challenging game. This project challenges the brain to process more and more information simultaneously, while providing less and less cohesive information.

Video #1 is a combination of two different videos rapidly switching frames from one video to the other; each is missing 50% of its frames. The frames of the two videos are essentially zipped or shuffled together into one, asking for the brain to respond to both stories.

Video #2 ups the anti by combining three different videos, rapidly switching frames from one video to the other. Video #3 would require four videos, etc. So on and so forth; there are a total of ten videos.

Dance Your Ph.D. Contest!

Science Magazine’s Dance Your Ph.D. contest is just amazing. What’s next?

Before the show, each dancer had about 60 seconds to describe their research to the judges. So this was more than just a dance contest. Folded in was the ability to summarize your work succinctly. In Stewart’s case, that work is titled “Refitting repasts: a spatial exploration of food processing, sharing, cooking, and disposal at the Dunefield Midden campsite, South Africa.” His highly stylized chase of an antelope—played by fellow University of Oxford archaeologist Giulia Saltini-Semerari—followed by processing and sharing of the goods, was elegant. “What I most looked for was that scientific ideas came across,” said Gschmeidler. “He did this perfectly.”

(Via BoingBoing)

Christmas Present?

Definitely not… Special soup bowl:


(Via Street Anatomy)

Further reading:

Friday Animation and DNA Rap

The first animation was created by Hybrid Medical Animation and presents the micro- and macroscopic biological processes of the body (Via Gizmodo).

For more similar videos, follow the Youtube channel of Hybrid.

The second video features BioRap. No comment…

Anatomical Theatre

I found this on BoingBoing:

Anatomical Theatre is a photographic exhibition documenting artifacts collected by and exhibited in medical museums throughout Europe and the United States. The objects in these photos range from preserved human remains to models made from ivory, wax, and papier mâché. The artifacts span from the 16th Century to the 20th, and include examples from a wide range of countries, artists, and preparators.

Further reading:

The Papier-Mache Anatomist

Just a short note about a useful tool for studying anatomy:


Louis Thomas Jerôme Auzoux (1797-1880), a French physician, improved and popularized anatomical papier-mâché models. As a medical student in the early 19th century, Auzoux found it difficult to study anatomy when the human cadavers he was dissecting deteriorated rapidly and wax models were not readily available.

He began creating anatomical models, inspired by papier-mâché dolls, boxes, and other household items then popular in Europe. In 1822, the same year Auzoux received his medical degree, he presented his first complete anatomical male figure to the Paris Academy of Medicine. Five years later, he opened a factory to manufacture human, veterinary, and botanical models.

Even if we use some 3D tools nowadays, I would love to have these models at home to study anatomy more efficiently.


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