Hope you’ve all had your coffee this morning, because we’re starting this week off by jumping right into the deep end.
Wired Science recently featured a post about a series being created of military medical images and illustrations from back in the day, ranging from the Civil War to Vietnam eras. The collection is being put together by Mike Rhode, an Army archivist.
Some of the images aren’t so bad — I think the guy with the fig leaf tied around his waist for his “nude” picture is pretty funny, and there are some illustrations of steamboats from the day, which are pretty cool (who doesn’t love boats?) — but some are pretty icky. I’m not sure what is so attractive to people about the images of deformed bones and peoples legs blown off. Possibly to end all war? Possibly to promote funding for modern medical imaging? For the sheer “yuck” factor?
Rhode’s reasoning: “You pay taxes. These are your pictures. You should be able to see them.”
U.S.A. Hospital Steamer “City of Memphis” (CP 2657).