This photograph of leprosy affecting a young male subject comes from John Wood's book of poems titled, Endurance & Suffering. The book was reviewed by the Canadian Medical Association Journal—the print version of the journal has 65,000 subscribers and the on-line version gets over a million hits a month. To access the PDF file of the review, click on "Begin manual download" on the web page here »» An expanded version with more images and poems can be accessed directly here »»

February 24, 2017. »»

Cataloged the Italian translation of Bernard Perez's, La psychologie de l'enfant. L'enfant de trois à sept ans, with an introduction and notes written by Lombroso

February 23, 2017. »»

Cataloged Chevers's textbook on forensic medicine, A manual of medical jurisprudence for India..etc.

February 18, 2017. »»

Finally completed the cataloging of Lombroso's work, L'uomo delinquente.

February 17, 2017. »»

Cataloged a paper by Serafino Varaglia & Bernardino Silva, Note anatomiche ed antropologiche sopra 60 crani e 42 encefali di donne criminali italiane.

February 16, 2017. »»

Cataloged Lombroso's paper, I pazzi criminali.

February 15, 2017. »»

Catalogued Lombroso's paper on the epileptiform physiognomy.

February 3, 2017. »»

Third Lombroso work with photographs. Titled, "Fisionomia delle donne criminali," also co-written with Dr. Antonio Marro.

February 1, 2017. »»

Second Lombroso work with photographs. The "German album," co-written with Dr. Antonio Marro.

January 22, 2017. »»

Finally tackling Lombroso. On the occasion of the Outsider Art Show here in NYC, here is possibly the first published photograph relevant to the art of the insane. Illustrating a paper by Lombroso and co-authored with the French photographer, Maxime du Camp. Titled, L'arte nei pazzi.

January 14, 2017. »»

Catalogued a paper on cyclopia, from the examination of a specimen, written by Émile-Marie Valude and Gustave Vassaux.

January 13, 2017. »»

Catalogued a paper on a sarcoma of the ocular adnexa, written by the Swiss-born ophthalmologist, Edmund Landolt, and his protégé, Samuel Eperon. Title, "Sarcome de la région interne de la paupière gauche; extirpation; autoplastic."

January 12, 2017. »»

Catalogued a paper on tumor of the lacrimal gland, reported by Victor de Britto of Porto Alegre, Brazil.

January 12, 2017. »»

Catalogued a paper by Jakob Stilling on myopia and its association with the morphology of the orbit.

January 10, 2017. »»

Catalogued Samuel-Jean Pozzi's biography of Paul Broca with its portrait by Pierre Petit.

January 10, 2017. »»

Catalogued Escherich on his discovery of E. coli and its action.

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Photograph by Charles Workman, M.D., for a paper on hemilateral atrophy in a case of scleroderma, written by John Lindsay Steven of Glasgow, and published in the 1897 issue of International Clinics: A Quarterly of Clinical Lectures (vol. ii., »»). Workman prepared the microphotographs that illustrated Escherich's seminal paper on intestinal bacteria.

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January 9, 2017. »»

Catalogued a paper written by the Russian dermatologist, Alexis Pospeloff.

January 8, 2017. »»

Catalogued another photographic atlas of skin diseases. By Van Haren Noman, the first part was published in 1889, just squeaking into the bibliography.

January 7, 2017. »»

Catalogued a paper on ophthalmic instruments written by Anatole-Pierre-Louis Gillet de Grandmont, titled, "Périoptométrie et chromatopsie; périmètre et chromatoptomètre."

November 14. »»

Catalogued a commemorative of Dr. Francesco Secondo Beggiato, written by Paolo Lioy.

November 11. »»

Catalogued a doctoral thesis on scoliosis, written by Pierre Jaune Henri de Bruïne and titled, "Over het onderzoek en de behandeling van scoliosis," illustrated with photographs by the author.

November 6. »»

Catalogued a doctoral thesis written by an obscure physician titled, "De la cachexie pachydermique (myxoedème des auteurs anglais)."

November 1. »»

Catalogued a report published in, "Medical reports upon the character and progress of leprosy in the East Indies, being answers to interrogatories drawn up by the Royal College of Physicians, London." The report is a thorough response to a list of queries about leprosy in the Pooree district of India, and was submitted by James John Durant. It is the only report in the book that is illustrated with photographs. Stereographs, specifically.

October 31. »»

Catalogued a paper titled, "Remarks on a case of traumatic facio-brachial monoplegia," written by Mackintosh Alexander Thomas Collie, a surgeon in the Indian Medical Service (IMS).

October 30. »»

Catalogued a paper titled, "A case of monstrosity; multiple pregnancy," written by Rustomjee Naserwanjee Khory.

October 21. »»

Catalogued a third paper by the ophthalmic surgeon Charles Bell Taylor titled, "Abstract of a clinical lecture on certain modifications of the operation for internal and external squint, with a simple method of treating aggravated cases of the latter condition."

October 19. »»

Catalogued a hospital report for the Pennsylvania Hospital, published in 1880 by Drs. Thomas George Morton and William Hunt. The plate is a wonderful study of three amputees, photographed by Frederick Gutekunst.

October 16. »»

Catalogued a work on malarial fever published by Simon-Antoine-Édouard Burdel and titled, "Simon-Antoine-Édouard Burdel"

October 10. »»

Catalogued Benedict Stilling's three volume work, plus atlases, on the morphology of the brain, titled, "Untersuchungen über den Bau des kleinen Gehirns des Menschen."

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August 19. »»

Catalogued a pamphlet by Tadeusz Zulinski on the comparative morphology of the human brain titled, "Quelques mots au sujet du cerveau d'un Grand-Russe : envoye a la Société d'Anthropologie de Paris par la section anthropologie de la Société des sciences naturelles de Moscou."

July 31. »»

Catalogued Jules-René-Martial Brossard's doctoral thesis titled, "Étude clinique sur une forme héréditaire d'atrophie musculaire progressive débutant par les membres inférieurs."

June 22. »»

Catalogued Baron Shibasaburo Kitasato's paper on the tetanusbacillus.

June 19. »»

Catalogued a paper by Wilhelm His titled, "Ueber Präparate zum Situs viscerum mit besonderen Bémerkungen über die Form und Lage der Leber, des Pankreas, der Nieren und Nebennieren, sowie der weiblichen Beckenorgane," an absolute treasure in 19th century medical literature.

June 9. »»

Catalogued a paper on diaphragmatic hernia titled, "Nuove osservazioni intorno all' ernia diaframmatica esposte alla r. Accademia medica di Roma," by Filippo Scalzi.

June 1. »»

Catalogued a paper on stenosis of the trachea caused by goiter, written by Hermann Askan Demme, and titled, "Fortgesetzte Beobachtungen über die compressiven Kropfstenosen der Trachea." Possibly the first appearance of photographs in a German medical journal.

May 22. »»

Catalogued a landmark paper on the function of neural structures in the skin, written by Alfred Goldscheider and titled, "Neue Thatsachen über die Hautsinnesnerven."

May 1. »»

Catalogued a paper on the treatment of facial scarring from skin disease, by Oscar Lassar, "Beitrag zur Narbenverbesserung, mit Krankenvorstellung."

April 28. »»

Catalogued a dissertation on the membranous labyrinth by Christian Utz titled, "Beitrag zur Histologie der häutigen Bogengänge des menschlichen Labyrinthes."

April 26. »»

Catalogued a dissertation on the signs of epilepsy on the retina by Georges Pichon, titled, "De l'épilepsie dans ses rapports avec les fonctions visuelles."

April 24. »»

Catalogued a folio of three large format photographs commissioned by Hubertus Cornelius Antonius Leopoldus Fock to support his writings on aesthetic symmetry.

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Ces photographies (fig. 3, 4 et 5) portent la signature de M. Pierre Petit, le photographe parisien bien connu. Je suis donc allé aux informations auprès de lui, et ses deux fils sont tombés d'accord pour me dire que la malade avait été photographiée par eux-mêmes, en 1867, dans le service du professeur A. Richet, à la Pitié. Ils ont aisément retrouvé les clichés d'après lesquels ces photographies avaient été faites et j'ai pu ainsi en obtenir des épreuves nouvelles, qui ont servi à faire les gravures ci-jointes. Bien plus, MM. Pierre Petit ont retrouvé un quatrième cliché, dont il n'existe aucune trace au Musée Dupuytren et qui représente la malade après l'opération (fig. 6).—Blanchard, Raphaël Anatole Émile (1899), "Archives de parasitologie," vol. 2, p. 335 »»

April 9. »»

Catalogued a paper written by another obscure Italian dermatologist, Amedeo Marianelli. Title of the paper is, "Contributo allo studio del pemfigo vegetante."

April 8. »»

Catalogued a paper on Alibert's disease written by a somewhat obscure Italian dermatologist, Lorenzo Mannino. Title of the paper is, "Sulla micosi fungoide di Alibert."

April 8. »»

Updated the description for John Curwen, "The original thirteen members of the Association of Medical Superintendents, of American Institutions for the Insane."

April 4. »»

Catalogued a treatise on excision of the knee-joint by Peter Charles Price.

March 22. »»

Reading on William Harvey is always enlightening, in this case, a Harveian Oratory delivered by Arthur Farre, an analysis on "Harvey's exercises on generation."

March 21. »»

Catalogued the eulogies for Joseph Gensoul titled, "Notice sur le docteur Joseph Gensoul."

March 18. »»

Catalogued a doctoral thesis by Charles-Alexandre-Gaston Petiau titled, "Contribution à l'étude du traitement du bec de lièvre double compliqué."

March 17. »»

Catalogued Hansen on partial albinism, "Einige Beiträge zur Casuistik des Albinismus partialis."


December 19. »»

Catalogued Mansurov, "Klinicheskii sbornik po dermatologii i sifilologii. "

December 8. »»

Catalogued a paper in the American Journal of Insanity, titled, "Some of the uncommon causes of imbecility," by the British asylum superintendent, Fletcher Beach

December 7. »»

Thomas Barnes Hitchcock, "Report on dental histology and microscopy."

December 4. »»

James Leon Williams—"On certain disputed points in the development and histology of the teeth."

December 3. »»

Catalogued a small atlas on the microbiology of adipose tissue compiled by William Robert Weisiger, founder and president of the Richmond Microscopical Society and titled, "A paper on the relations of the minute blood-vessels to the fat cells in the fascia of the calf's neck."

December 2. »»

Catalogued Henry Winchester Sawtelle's operation titled, "Caries of the os calcis; excision; mortification."

November 30. »»

Catalogued Edoardo Porro's operation titled, "Dell' amputazione utero-ovarica come complemento di taglio cesareo."

November 28. »»

Catalogued a case of vitiglio in a 59 year-old Italian male actor. Title is "Caso di cloasma cacheticum con vitiligine in un vecchio." Discovered no biographical material for the author, Amedeo Thurman.

November 26. »»

Catalogued Augustus Choate Hamlin's case of "Molluscum fibrosum."

November 26. »»

Catalogued Thomas Taylor Minor's case of rupture of the omentum and double diaphragmatic hernia.

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Ohio State Journal of Dental Science - Volume 3 - Page 246:

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November 20. »»

Began writing the description for "Photographs illustrating rare books in the National Medical Library," with plates by Joseph Janvier Woodward and preface notes by John Shaw Billings.

November 19. »»

Catalogued Schmedicke's monthly periodical "Der Zahnarzt."

November 16. »»

Catalogued a piece of ephemera celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Baillière publishing house titled, "La cinquantaine d'un libraire."

November 13. »»

Catalogued a notice necrologique for Jean-Charles-Philippe-Joseph Delvaux de Fenffe.

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November 10. »»

Catalogued another work by naval surgeon, Jules Roux, titled, "Leçon de cliniquè chirurgicale sur la désarticulation du coude."

November 9. »»

Updated Jules Roux's contribution on the internal plantar flap technique for amputation of the foot, titled, "Sur l'amputation tibio-tarsienne."

November 8. »»

Cataloged Julius von Michel's study on the decussation of the optic nerve, titled, "Ueber Sehnerven-Degeneration und Sehnerven-Kreuzung."

October 28. »»

Cataloged a piece of photographic ephemera titled, "Das Denkmal für Julius Cohnheim auf dem neuen Johannisfriedhofe zu Leipzig. Zur Erinnerung," celebrating the unveiling of the Julius Cohnheim monument in the Leipzig cemetery. Lead author was Wilhelm His.

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September 28. »»

Cataloged Georges-Marie Félizet's doctoral thesis titled, "Recherches anatomiques et expérimentales sur les fractures du crâne," with its phototypes by Charles Bilordeaux, son of pioneer photographer, Adolphe Bilordeaux.

September 22. »»

Updated the description for William Francis Fluhrer's paper titled, "An operation for the extraction of a pistol-ball from the brain through a counter-opening in the skull." Added the following amusing anecdote to the description:

The photographs were taken by George Gardner Rockwood, who introduced the carte-de-visite format to America—the medium of his great success and fame in life. It is fun to speculate how his photographs of Dr. Fluhrer's patient might have inspired a medical hoax, "Brain pictures," that Rockwood wrote and published in the New York Tribune the following year (1887). His story made the claim that he participated in the autopsy of a mysterious german born philologist, Count Borenski. Using a microtome he purportedly acquired from the distinguished microscopist, Dr. John William Schmidt Arnold (1846–1888), Rockwood shaved off tissue samples from a bulge in the Broca region of the fictitious Borenski brain. From these shavings he prepared a sliver bromide photomicrograph that proved too grainy, but next he prepared an albumen plate of sufficient clarity to reveal a vermiform mass of legible characters from Ethiopic, ancient Syriac, and Phoenician languages.

September 20. »»

Cataloged a one-page paper by Oliver Fairfield Wadsworth, titled, "Photograph of the fovea centralis of the retina."

September 19. »»

Cataloged another paper by Giovanni Calderini, titled, "Esportazione dell' utero dalla vagina; narrazione di un caso seguito da decesso e studii sulla operazione," also illustrated by two dyed albumen prints.

September 18. »»

Updated the Jackman and Webster paper on photographing the fundus oculi.

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Good – Hereditäre Formen angeborener spastischer Gliederstarre :


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September 17. »»

Cataloged a paper by Giovanni Calderini, titled, "Una cretini ed una microcefala nell' Istituto ostetrico di Parma; nota clinico-anatomica," illustrated by two rough, but wonderful dyed albumen prints.

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September 7. »»

Cataloged Paul von Bruns on induced myxoedema, title, "Zur Frage der Entkropfungs-Cachexia."

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Walter Gardiner

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September 5. »»

Cataloged Léon Defontaine's procedure for restoring mobility to the elbow-joint, titled,"Ostéotomie trochléiforme; nouvelle méthode pour la cure des ankyloses osseuses du coude."

September 4. »»

Cataloged another paper on comparative craniology, this time of indigenous siberians, titled, "Ostiacchi e Samoiedi dell' Ob.," by Stefano Sommier

September 3. »»

Cataloged a work on comparative craniology by Paolo Mantegazza and Ettore Regalia, titled, "Studio sopra una serie di erani dei Fuegini."

August 29. »»

Cataloged a work on comparative craniology by Paolo Mantegazza and Ettore Regalia, titled, "Nuovi studi craniologici sulla Nuova Guinea."

August 25. »»

Cataloged Albert Hoffa, "Ueber die Folgen der Kropfoperationen.".

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Mesnil on cutis laxa:


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August 18. »»

Cataloged Gustave Imbert's doctoral thesis on restoration of the lower lip: Étude sur la restauration de la lèvre inférieure, suivie de la description d'un nouveau procédé pour refaire le bord libre au moyen d'un lambeau.

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Photograph album of Gustave Julliard (1836-1911)

A Genève également, nous voyons, chez M. Julliard, une jeune fille qui a été opérée huit jours auparavant pour un goitre (thyroïdectomie du lobe droit); incision verticale linéaire, la seule que fasse jamais Julliard; la réunion est déjà parfaite; le drain a été retiré lors du dernier pansement il y a trois jours. Dans ce cas, il n'y avait pas d'indications spéciales. Julliard nous dit qu'il a fait 62 thyroïdectomies, il nous montre l'album renfermant la photographie de ses malades avant et après l'opération. Il nous fait à ce propos la démonstration de sa pince destinée à faciliter les ligatures dans les extirpations de goitre. Le principe consiste à soulever entre les mors écartés de la pince le vaisseau à lier : une ligature est placée en dehors de chacun de ces mors; l'artère est ensuite secé tionnée dans l'intervalle des mors, c'est-à-dire entre deux ligatures; on est ainsi assuré de laisser sur chacun des segments du vaisseau un bout artériel d'une longueur suffisante pour que la ligature ne glisse pas.—Pages 945-946, Revue de chirurgie, Volume 7.

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August 16. »»

Updated Edmund Lesser's textbook on skin disease.

August 10. »»

Catalogued a possible unicum with two albumen portraits of the infamous Dr. Edward William Pritchard, the "Poisoning Philanderer."

July 31. »»

Catalogued Ignazio Zani's necrology of the italian alienist, Antonio Galloni, superintendent to San Lazzaro.

July 27. »»

Catalogued Hart on rupture of the peritoneal portion of the vagina during labor.

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July 25. »»

Catalogued The pathology and treatment of diseases of the skin, written by the colorful character, John Laws Milton, founder of St. John's Hospital for diseases of the skin, and inventor of painful penal collars for treating nocturnal emission.

July 15. »»

Catalogued Cesare Belluzzi's paper on induced labor titled, Centuria parti primaturi artificiali provocati dal Dott. Cesare Belluzzi dal 1860 al 1882.

July 11. »»

Catalogued Adolf Lorenz's monograph on the treatment of scoliosis titled, Pathologie und Therapie der seitlichen Rückgrat-Verkrümmungen.

July 6. »»

Catalogued Johann Bernhard Aloys von Gudden's monograph on the development of cranial sutures, Experimental-Untersuchungen über das Schædelwachsthum.

May 10. »»

Catalogued Alexander Macalister's paper, Further evidence as to the existence of horned men in Africa.

April 13. »»

Catalogued Henri-Edmond Robiquet's textbook on photography titled, Manuel théorique et pratique de photographie sur collodion et sur albumine.

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April 11. »»

Catalogued Thomas Scott Lambert's monograph on drowning titled, They are not dead!

April 6. »»

Catalogued Robert Battey's case of double monster.

April 2. »»

Catalogued Vincenzo De Giaxà on using culture plates as photographic negatives: Ueber eine einfache Methode zur Reproduction.

April 1. »»

Catalogued one more paper by Nocard, titled Note sur la mammite gangréneuse des brebis laitières (vulgo: araignée, mal de pis). This completes the cataloguing of the Annales Pasteur.

April 1. »»

Catalogued Verujski's paper on the culture of Tricophytan, Recherches sur la morphologie et la biologie du trichophyton tonsurans et de l'achorion Schœnleinii.

March 31. »»

Catalogued Roux's paper, La photographie appliquée à l'étude des microbes.

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March 30. »»

Sur une mammite contagieuse des vaches laitières. Title of a paper by Nocard and Mollereau on the isolation of Streptococcus agalactiae, originally associated only with bovine mastitis, it has since become the leading neonatal pathogen.

March 29. »»

Roux on the flasks he designed for cultivating anaerobic microbes, titled, Sur la culture des microbes anaérobies.

March 28. »»

Continued cataloguing the Annales de l'Institut Pasteur photographic material with this paper by Nocard and Roux on cultivation of the tubercle bacillus.

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March 26. »»

Edmond-Isidore-Étienne Nocard's landmark discovery of the Nocardia asteroides bacterium. The paper is titled, Note sur la maladie des bœufs de la Guadeloupe connue sous le nom de farcin, published in 1888 and catalogued with two plates of heliotypes.

March 25. »»

Catalogued another paper on composite photography of skulls, written by the Scottish anatomist, Arthur Thomson.

March 24. »»

Updated John Shaw Billings and Washington Matthews papers on composite photography of skulls.

March 18. »»

Catalogued a paper on the microcephalus, Manghi Abramo, reported by Ettore Baistrocchi.

March 17. »»

Cranio e cervello di un idrocefalo di 19 anni, is the title of a paper by Augusto Tamburini with two views of the skull of a hydrocephalic idiot. The postmortem description is lengthy and incredibly detailed.

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March 15. »»

Considered by scholars to be a landmark in medical photography, the first published photographs of the fundus oculi were submitted by Dr. William Thomas Jackman and J. D. Webster to the [London] Photographic News in 1885 and 1886. Title of their paper: On photographing the retina of the living human eye.

March 14. »»

Catalogued a monograph by Henri Viallanes titled, "La photographie appliquée aux études d'anatomie microscopique," illustrated by a superb photolithograph of the brain of a larval fly. The photo was produced in the workshop of André-Nicolas Quinsac in Toulouse, France.

March 12. »»

Catalogued a monograph on embryogenesis of the spine (chick) by Karl Wilhelm von Kupffer, illustrated by the photograms of Berthold-Adolph Benecke.

March 10. »»

Catalogued a rare journal paper by Rodolfo del Castillo y Quartiellerz on encephaloid tumor of the face.

March 9. »»

Updated Stokes biography on Robert James Graves.

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