• Less Weird, More Grotesque Medical Museum

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    Few of us may know about a fascinating medical museum located in Philadelphia. It’s the Mutter Museum – and is trained on the anatomically grotesque, just blocks from some of our country’s top medical centers. But its proximity should not be a surprise, and may teach us about the curiosity physicians have for anatomy…as well as compassion for others.

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    A fascinating event to be held at the museum is the design and build of The Monster Frankenstein scheduled for the evening of January 27, 2016. (The museum’s website image is a bit too graphic for this posting so a stock image of The Monster Frankenstein is substituted above – to see the site’s event image click here. For information about the event click here.)

    Visiting the Mutter Museum’s website may also satisfy your curiosity…read more if you dare.

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  • More Weird – Cleveland’s Top Science & Medical Institutions Embrace Halloween

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    The history of medicine can be the scariest of all!

    Checkout the talk Nov. 4 in Cleveland – the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Case Western Reserve University are teaming to deliver an exciting talk on the 18th and 19th centuries’ lack of cadavers for medical investigation.

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    You guessed it. The talk turns ghoulish quickly. But Brandy Schillace, from the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum at the university, adds a new twist – inviting audience participation on the subject.

    Do you dare to read more…or even…get tickets?

    Thank you to Cleveland.com writers.

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  • Weird…WebMD explains Halloween’s Medical and Psychological Oddities

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    Weirder than you can imagine…WebMD tells all about Halloween’s scariest.

    Would you like to know more about the medical and psychological oddities who are the “Top 5” characters of Halloween? And who are those monsters?

    …why they include witches, zombies, ghouls, vampires and werewolves…guess Frankenstein and the Creature from the Black Lagoon are a distant #6 and #7.

    Hm…and it appears that witches are the most savvy of all – Interesting.

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    Nicely done WebMD – we’re now forewarned for All Hallows Eve!

    Check out these characters’ case files…

     

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  • Beyond Weird…Space Shuttle Atlantis completes final mission

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    Welcome home to our Atlantis Space Shuttle and and the STS-132 mission crew!

    Just over 10 hours ago Atlantis touched down at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL, concluding its 32nd and last voyage as a space workhorse. According to NASA it went as “smooth as silk.”

    Upon the routine arrival inspection, the shuttle is reported by NASA engineers to be in fine repair, after 25 years reported to have the capacity to easily double the miles it has already logged – 120 million miles. [Seattle PI.]

    Space Shuttle Atlantis

    Space Shuttle Atlantis The Space Shuttle Atlantis is towed back to the Orbiter Processing Facility after landing on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Click picture.

    This fact makes it all the more difficult to fathom. It is beyond weird that our space shuttle era is coming to a close, retiring Atlantis first, then Discovery and finally Endeavour at the end of this year.

    These spacecraft, their mission teams and crews have allowed us to dream we are astronauts, exploring one of our last frontiers, or engineers, enabling that exploration.

    Let our medical industry salute NASA’s vast team of astronauts, engineers, aerospace professionals and its supporting industry suppliers as the STS program winds down.

    …and let’s give one more pitch to President Obama – to rethink retiring this program to wait until the mid-2030’s for the Mars program, else the loss of  yet anther critical national treasure further tarnishes our nation’s hope for the future.

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  • Weird Taxpayer-Funded Museum of Medical Oddities

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    Now this is a good use of our federal tax dollars…

    In the northwestern reaches of Washington (D.C. that is) sits a museum that is a “must see” if you like the slightly off-taste, arcane, twisted and in some cases, down-right gross medical oddities. Visit the bricks and mortar “Roadside America of American medicine,” the National Museum of Health and Medicine, America’s oldest taxpayer-funded Cabinet of Curiosities near Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

    A row of little skeletons.

    At the National Museum of Health and Medicine you can see precariously displayed and disturbingly barely described:

    • hanging display of a complete brain and spine, suspended in liquid in an eerily lit glass cylinder
    • girl’s head preserved in arsenic
    • well-preserved hairball from the stomach of a 12-year old girl who compulsively ate her own hair
    • skull with a huge civil war bullet buried in its frontal lobe
    • and the list goes on…

    To visit…virtually go to the RoadsideAmerica.com Team Field Reporters or National Museum of Health and Medicine, or in real life visit:

    6900 Georgia Avenue, Washington, DC

    Hours:     M-F 10 am – 5:30 pm, Sa, Su, Hol call ahead

    No kidding. This is for real – so when you go to the NMHM in D.C., tell them you want your tax dollars’ worth!

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  • Centuries of Weird Medical Science

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    Did you ever wonder what the first x-ray image looked like or how we are mathematically engineered?

    Look no further than “Science and Technology in Medicine: An Illustrated Account Based on Ninety-Nine Landmark Publications from Five Centuries.” Author, Andras Gedeon, has researched major advanced technologies of today back to their roots. Nearly 100 technologies are captured in his book on medical therapies and diagnostic equipment dating back to the early 1500’s.

    “A most fascinating read,” says Armchair Interviews who gives it five stars, “The visual effect evokes one’s curiosity at a fundamental level, making it an excellent source for inspiring further learning.”

    Science and Technology in Medicine by Andras Gedeon

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    This books is fascinating in that it respectfully shows very graphic illustrations, images and in later years, pictures, of more primitive applications of science to the art of early experimental medicine. It is available in:

    English & German

    Any of us who have a fascination with medicine as it converges with science will cherish this book.  For Armchair Interviews’ review…read on…

    The visual effect evokes one’s curiosity at a fundamental level, making it an excellent source for inspiring further learning. The visual effect evokes one’s curiosity at a fundamental level, making it an excellent source for inspiring further learning.

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  • Weird Facts about Phil

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    As the one of the more obscure U.S. holidays comes to a close…and with 6 more weeks of winter to endoure…

    It is time we all learned more about…you guessed it…Punxsutawney Phil.

    Yes, today was Groundhog Day Tuesday, and Phil saw his shadow! But did you know that this little guy is a huge American tradition? The Christian Science Monitor shares with us 5 little known facts about our little PA buddy:

    1) Phil is immortal.

    2) Phil’s about as accurate as your average meteorologist.

    3) Phil’s got competition.

    4) Phil’s gone high tech.

    5) There’s no Groundhog Day in Alaska.

    Hey…this post is fair game. We never promised consistent medical oddities but we always promised consistent weird.

    Stay tuned for Fastnacht Day Tuesday – now that IS a medical condition waiting to happen!

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  • Weird Potato Salad Remedy

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    January 13, 2010 /  Biological Wonders, Historically Weird

    Ready for a weird workout routine for 2010?

    The Ross sisters have a weird ability. During the 1940s they performed a unique blend of  acrobatics and contortionism. While they have not performed in years, the Internet has brought them renewed interest with clips of their act appearing on YouTube. In their “Solid Potato Salad” clip they perform one of the most weird displays of motion one can imagine. Named Veda, Dixie, and Betsy Ann, these sisters may look alike but what may really add to their weird and uniqueness is that they are born three years apart from 1926 to 1929.

    Biographical Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ross_Sisters, Video Source: Thats Entertainment III DVD

    Biographical Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ross_Sisters, Video Source: That's Entertainment III DVD

    You have NO excuses for your 2010 fitness resolution…get off your chair and go workout!

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  • Weird…”Back to the Future” Medicine

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    Time to take notes from your great grandma!

    In these troubled times people will find that they are required to be more resourceful with their lives. Home remedies offer an economical option for many ailments. From Netty pots to Epsom salt soaks there are many weird options that can save a trip to the doctor, and may also protect you from MRSA or H1N1. Who wouldn’t want a peppermint oil rub for a headache?

    Here’ are some from the blog “Forgotten Medical Cures” to improve the iron deficiencies in your blood…

    Wish to try:

    — iron nails soaked in water?
    — using iron utensils as well as skillets and pans?
    — even viscous black strap molasses?

    And only for the bold…spinach cooked with ox blood and silver beets…an acquired taste! Read more…

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  • Historical Weird…Haphazard Wound Closure Discovery

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    September 14, 2009 /  Historically Weird

    Many of today’s products, medical or otherwise, have weird histories…

    Discovery and invention are impossible to predict. As many in the medical and pharmaceutical industry have found, trying to invent a new product, drug or device is often more luck than scientific method. Many inventions have weird histories that include a long series of  trials, errors and changes in purposeful application.

    Superglue is one example…

    Did you know that Superglue (or as we know it in the medical industry today, cyanoacrylate) was originally developed by a Dr. Harry Coover from a glue to fashion plastic gun sights for the WWII battlefields? The substance proved too sticky for this application but in more recent years he perfected it to secure cold war era jet canopies.  In medicine today, its super sticky qualities has found it a home in liquid sutures and home Bandaid use. Read on about its history and those of other inventions by clicking on the image link below.

    9 Oddities in Discovery and Invention (Article Source: ThomasNet - http://news.thomasnet.com/mt41/mt-tb.cgi/1601, Image Source: Wikipedia)

    9 Oddities in Discovery and Invention (Article Source: ThomasNet - http://news.thomasnet.com/mt41/mt-tb.cgi/1601, Image Source: Wikipedia)

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