Also, if you missed it yesterday, I did a half comics, half essay piece for Narrative.ly about why I started exploring after taking a long break to be a moderately successful fuck-up.
Let’s get to it, starting with some rather unpalatable finds:
Very elaborate sketches of urology examinations and tumor removal from a medical book about all kinds of horrible things that get shoved up your dick if something’s wrong with it. Obviously I am without said phallus, but this gives me a sensation similar to what I assume sufferers of ‘Phantom Limb Syndrome‘ feel.
Some sample pages from the book. Yeah, I took it home. I…I don’t know you guys, I just can’t look away.
Oh yeah, I also took some of the actual tools home too. See the Micron pen for scale size. Also threw in an old metal speculum, just to remind the ladies that we’re not without our own museum of medical genital nightmares.
Photographs of a transorbital lobotomy from a 1950’s issue of American Journal of Psychiatry. The lobotomy was pioneered, but not invented by, Dr. Freeman, who took photographs of his patients before, during and after surgery. There was at least one recorded case where the patient died because of the photographing process, because when Dr. Freeman let go take the camera, the tools slide into the patient’s brain, killing them immediately.
Some brain MRI scans from a New York psychiatric hospital.
A 1957 chest x-ray from Hudson River State Hospital. If you’ve been in the x-ray room there, you know there’s hundreds of old x-rays floating around, but the majority of them are from later, when the institution was known as Hudson River Psychiatric Center, so one marked HRSH on it is a good find. Ugh, nerd stuff, sorry.
Check it out, the first Pussy Pump™ (if you don’t already know what that is, don’t google it, you’ll be upset for forever)
Check it out, the first incident of Front Butt™
There are so many accidentally phallic occurrences in nature, but you’ve got to be fucking kidding me with this one. When I posted it on instagram, my buddy said, “if your tongue gets stuck, please post a picture.” So I’ll just leave you with that mental image. You’re welcome!
Disclaimer: If any information on this post is incorrect, if you have more info or would otherwise like to tell me something, feel free to contact me.