Archive for medicine

The Sick Rose: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration

Posted in Books, medicine, wish list with tags , , on February 19, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

The Sick Rose: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration appears to be a very interesting book, though perhaps not altogether pleasant to thumb through. For me, this is not an issue, as fascination tends to trump aversion when it comes to how people process, depict and publish the daunting mysteries of an era.


The Sick Rose is a visual tour through the golden age of medical illustration. The nineteenth century experienced an explosion of epidemics such as cholera and diphtheria, driven by industrialization, urbanization and poor hygiene. In this pre-color-photography era, accurate images were relied upon to teach students and aid diagnosis. The best examples, featured here, are remarkable pieces of art that attempted to elucidate the mysteries of the body, and the successive onset of each affliction. Bizarre and captivating images, including close-up details and revealing cross-sections, make all too clear the fascinations of both doctors and artists of the time. Barnett illuminates the fears and obsessions of a society gripped by disease, yet slowly coming to understand and combat it. The age also saw the acceptance of vaccination and the germ theory, and notable diagrams that transformed public health, such as John Snow’s cholera map and Florence Nightingale’s pioneering histograms, are included and explained. Organized by disease, The Sick Rose ranges from little-known ailments now all but forgotten to the epidemics that shaped the modern age. It is a fascinating Wunderkammer of a book that will enthrall artists, students, designers, scientists and the incurably curious everywhere.

The Sick Rose: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration

Hidden Beauty: Exploring the Aesthetics of Medical Science

Posted in anatomy, Books, medicine, photography, science with tags , , , , on July 27, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

A new book on my wishlist: Hidden Beauty


This collaborative project by a scientist and artist from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine asks the reader to consider the aesthetics of human disease, a dynamically powerful force of nature that acts without regard to race, religion, or culture. Here more than sixty medical science professionals present visually stunning patterns of different diseases affecting various areas of the human anatomy.

Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.


Posted in fashion, medicine with tags , on June 13, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

LympheDIVAs is a product line close to my heart. I would have loved to treat my mom to one of these fantastic medical garments when her cancer resulted in lymphedema.


I adore the idea of adding a little flare to medical necessities, of “taking back” an illness by utterly ROCKING physical change. I am now marked by scars from the unfortunate health incidents that have befallen me…and I hope to recover enough to rejoin the world and wear those scars proudly.


There are some great designs for sleeves and gauntlets…




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Desktop Goodies 6/4

Posted in absurd, advertising, anatomy, anthropomorphic, art, clothing, humor, medicine, photography, products, retro, surreal, thrift horror, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Brains: it’s what’s for dinner.

And speaking of, who thought a grinning peanut grinding his own brain out onto a platter was…a great idea for a product? I envision a young Hannibal Lecter having a lovely time with this. Don’t get me wrong. I’d like one.

For the one time every few years that I need to physically remove a staple:

What actually happens when you have a toothache. Next time you are bothered, understand that it is just the worms, demons and ghosts acting up beneath your enamel.

Mid-century America presents NARCISSISM: THE DRESS.

I don’t. But I’ve heard the stories.

Ohhhhhh…so that’s how you get a man. You glue him down! I’ve been doing it wrong.

A real book; I kid you not:

When a man is asked what is perfectly irresistible I highly doubt “wool mantilla” is the first item that comes to mind (click picture to enlarge).
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The quote that made my week (thanks, Casey):
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Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.

The Real Story of Where I’ve Been

Posted in anatomy, announcement, art, macabre, medicine with tags , , , , on March 23, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Hello! How I’ve missed it here! It’s time to get FAR more personal than I ever thought I would in public. I feel I owe a further explanation to the loyal and wonderful readers of this site.

For those who don’t know, I’ve been too ill to communicate for the better part of a year. Severe Central Sensitization Pain Syndrome (the worst case 50+ doctors have ever seen) was compounded by this. And these tragedies were recently complicated by a near-death emergency surgery incident.


You can read my dad’s previous hospital updates HERE and listen to an embarrassing, rambling voice recording of more details (can’t type) that I sent to my closest friends HERE.

The road ahead is long and grueling, but I’m ready for the fight of a lifetime…mostly because of the amazing people in my life, and unrelenting desire to be of service to humanity.


I want to give credit to my amazing friends for making and displaying this motivational graphic. It warmed my heart so beautifully…I’m still not over the wonderful surprise! Gets me every time I see it…


THANK YOU for supporting me. My love and gratitude are beyond all measure. I still cannot respond to comments, but I appreciate them with all my heart.

Special thanks to my incredible proxy blogger, who keeps my dreams alive when my body cannot do so. What a precious gift.

The NERVE of Her! (A Medical Update)

Posted in anatomy, announcement, art, film, medicine, vintage with tags , , on January 13, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

This post comes to you through my voice recognition software. I feel I owe readers of this blog a small explanation of my relative absence (or at least lack of the reflective and/or snarky commentary I so dearly love writing).

Back in October, my already failing health took a dive when a medical treatment (gone horribly wrong) landed me in a neck brace for over two months. I am now out of the brace, but afflicted with unrelenting nerve pain of blinding intensity that extends through my neck, arms, hands and fingers at all times.


Thus, typing has become impossible, as have all the little things we take for granted (like scrolling a mouse and right clicking images to save!). I’m still undergoing the proper testing, eagerly awaiting results and a suitable course of treatment. Given the sheer agony, I am quite convinced that my MRI will reveal the presence of The Tingler gripping my spine:


You may be wondering why I don’t simply post with voice recognition software all the time. Well, in addition to the pain, I’ve also been wrestling with chronic laryngitis for months on end. I must ration my voice in very small amounts each day (though it seems to be improving very slowly).

Having almost no use of speech or hands has been particularly rough since I thrive on seeking out, collecting and sharing information…Perpetually making things…Connecting emotionally and intellectually through the use of words…


There are whole worlds dancing and echoing through my brain that I can no longer, at least for the moment, find the means to externalize. I’ve collected thousands of things to post on this site and they linger on my laptop, waiting for the chance to be seen by this lovely community of like-minded folks who delight in the beauty, intriguing darkness and pure absurdity of life.

In short, I need this:

I’m determined not to let this site die. Perhaps the best solution I can conjure at present is to enlist the help of a dear friend or two in posting the links I have saved.


I’ll chime in with a desktop goodies post or other personal updates whenever possible until this issue is resolved. I may resort to a hospital inpatient program if all else fails…though I’m reluctant.


Once again, I apologize for being unable to respond to comments or contacts at this time, but…from the distant space I temporarily inhabit…I do read and appreciate them greatly.


Dr. Kellog Contraptions

Posted in absurd, medicine, vintage with tags , , on January 11, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Posts are in “wordless” mode due to illness…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond at the moment.





Posted in absurd, advertising, antiques, art, comics, dolls, humor, medicine, photography, street art, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Medical hiatus no-typing mix…

I read and appreciate all comments. Apologies for not being able to respond at the moment.


Posted in anatomy, art, medicine, street art, vintage with tags , , , , on November 27, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Medical hiatus no-typing mix…

I read and appreciate all comments. Apologies for not being able to respond at the moment.


Posted in advertising, art, medicine, monsters, science, vintage with tags , , , , , on November 20, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Medical hiatus no-typing mix…