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Jacques Gautier d’Agoty

Posted in Art, Science with tags , , , , on January 20, 2012 by elgrayso

Jacques Gautier d’Agoty was a French painter and engraver in the 18th century.

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Spontaneous Human Combustion

Posted in Death, Photography, Science with tags , , , , on December 16, 2011 by elgrayso

Spontaneous human combustion (SHC) describes reported cases of the burning of a living human body without an apparent external source of ignition. There have been about 200 cited cases worldwide over a period of around 300 years. [from Wikipedia]

Pickled Punks

Posted in Science with tags , , , , , , on November 11, 2011 by elgrayso

“Pickled punks” is the carny term for human fetuses preserved in jars of formaldehyde and used as sideshow attractions. Most pickled punks display some sort of anatomical abnormality, such as conjoined twins or polycephaly; however, the deformities present are as varied as the nature of human inflictions. Faked pickled punks, made from rubber or wax, are known as “bouncers” for their tendency to bounce when dropped on the floor. [from Wikipedia]

Many of these were preserved by master anatomist Frederik Ruysch. I have a separate entry on him here.

Plague Doctors

Posted in Death, Science with tags , , , , , on October 20, 2011 by elgrayso

A plague doctor  was a special medical physician who saw those who had the bubonic plague. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, some doctors wore a beak-like mask which was filled with aromatic items. The masks were designed to protect them from putrid air, which (according to the miasmatic theory of disease) was seen as the cause of infection. The protective suit consisted of a heavy fabric overcoat that was waxed. A wooden cane pointer was used to help examine the patient without touching. [from Wikipedia]

The Kaibo Zonshinzu Anatomy Scrolls

Posted in Science with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2011 by elgrayso

Mike the Headless Chicken

Posted in Animals, Science with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2011 by elgrayso

Time Lapse Animal Decomposition

Posted in Animals, Science with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2011 by elgrayso

Rabbit

Pig

Mole