— Middlemarch - George Eliot
Heart of Glass: The Art of Medical Models
Gary Farlow can make art out of arteries. He and his team of 10 at Farlow’s Scientific Glassblowing are able to transform the body’s vasculature—and nearly all of its other parts—into an ornate borosilicate glass sculpture, from the heart’s ventricles to the brain’s circle of Willis. “We do almost every part of the body,” Farlow says. “It can take a pretty artistic mind to make some of these things.” With the help of cardiologists, the team creates custom see-through systems for science and medical training. Their anatomically correct models can be designed to simulate blood flow, teach placement of catheters and angioplasty devices, or simply test or demo new surgical gizmos. Individual arteries, veins, and capillaries are shaped and fused together, one at a time. Ground-glass joints are added at the exposed ends so a head, say, can be connected to the carotid arteries should customers want to expand their model. A full-body setup could cost $25,000, so don’t get any bright ideas about using one as a brandy decanter.
these would look absolutely stunning in my foyer*
*author’s note: i do not have a foyer.
— Albert Camus - Notebooks
The Medical Chronicles had the great pleasure of meeting physician and author John Whittemore today. He spoke to us about his experiences in medical school, his practice in rural medicine and the emergency room, and his writing.
Dr. Whittemore emphasized the fact that medicine changes you - you become cynical subconsciously, no matter how nice a person you are. You begin to see life, death and birth in almost the same manner. You begin to see humans as machines. And sometimes you have to - you can’t connect with all your patients and you begin to pretend to be nice to your patients - although of course you should never be that doctor that rushes the patient in, doesn’t listen, and rushes the patient back out. Dr. Whittemore said that you realize that some of the patients that actually come in to the ER are just looking for someone to hear them out. That patient that was “wasting” your time for a runny nose, while a cardiac patient was in the other room just wanted to be empathized with.
Medical education changes you because you learn how to understand people. You learn the psychology of people. And you can detect bad news for the future. But you have to learn how to cope.
“Art is a vaccination to what can happen to you,” Dr. Whittemore says.
He advises students to write essays during medical school because it’s a great way to organize thoughts, learn, and cope. Medicine can be a cold subject, and it can be hard to intertwine medicine and the humanities, but you have to find what makes you happy, and art can be a great method to deal with your troubles and ideas.
Victoria Cartright is a “designer, 3D artist, illustrator, and general creator of images” who has created these gorgeous three-dimensional pieces of various anatomical organs. Check out the full range at her website.
Measuring Pain Through Art.
Art by Fritz Kahn
Awesome! Reminds me a little of The Magic SchoolBus when they take a trip inside Ralphie’s body to learn about the immune system :)
Anatomical Neon: Blown Glass Human Organs Containing Neon Lights by Jessica Lloyd-Jones
Do you ever have those days when you just feel like you’re in a funk? You just can’t shake those heavy, sinking feelings? Maybe you’re feeling stressed, empty, scared or stuck. In essence, you just don’t feel like yourself.
As a way to improve mental health in Canada, Blok Design worked with Partners for Mental Health to come up with a way to draw people into a conversation, encouraging an open dialogue. Using bright colors that represented a spectrum of moods, they got people on the street to, literally, wear their emotions on their sleeves.
What a great idea for you to reflect on your emotions.
This poster reminds me of that childhood science, the one that gave us simple explanations about how our body worked, the one that spoke of little people inside us that keep the lights on and the body working. It is that same childhood science that spawned stories like how eating the seeds of watermelons would cause them to grow in your stomach. It was a more wondrous time of imagination and fascination.
I was on Etsy and found THE PERFECT MEDICAL ART. The guy who does these also does other designs not medical related. Another plus? They’re only $6.99 a piece!!
Glowing Brain with Floating Colours from X-Ray Visions: Drawings and Prints from an Artist Residency at the NYU School of Medicine by Laura Ferguson.
The art here is inspired by the artist’s own experiences with a lifetime of x-rays. Feeling disconnected with those radiographs of herself, that they “belonged more to [her] doctors than [herself],” she set about creating these pieces. The piece is meant to bridge a connection with our inner spaces.
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Woo! Isn’t it a relief to be done?! I’m sure you did great!