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June 6th, 2022
Still More Fun with Old Medical Images
Back in the Before Times, this site would occasionally dabble in lighter fare:
- Cartoon caption contests
- Commentaries on doctor attire
- Thoughts on the first-name “Morgan”
- Penguins chasing a butterfly (Well, actually, this is a new one!)
And, the subject of today’s post — Fun with Old Medical Images.
Here’s how it works: We display an old medical image — something with long-expired copyright protection to reassure my editors and keep me out of trouble. Then, through the magic of the internet, I give it a fresh caption and a brief commentary. It may or may not have an ID theme.
Surprised that something with the NEJM Group imprint would stray into such territory, you will then smile at the incongruity and maybe even laugh a little. All for the usual bargain price of this fine content.
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Off we go with #1 — always good to start with an ID one:
Could it be TB? It can always be TB. Better take precautions!
Now, for #2, a grim visitor — or is it?
Don’t judge a book by its cover — or more accurately, don’t prematurely judge a scary skeleton handling an hourglass as a portent of death. He’d heard you needed a kitchen staple and is just being neighborly!
There’s plenty of time to finish baking that cake before the scythe deals its final blow.
Let’s stay (roughly) with this time period — early 19th century, according to my crack research team — with #3:
Ah, the travesties of insurance coverage and prior authorizations — a problem even in 19th-century England, I guess!
Please note the tried-and-true humor technique I used there, mixing the old image with a modern concern. Yes, it’s easy, but remember — these are Old Medical Images. And I’m not that old. Never saw this one in medical school, for example.
Let’s get fit with #4:
Well of course she didn’t consider it a full workout — that side-saddle mount looks mighty comfy, and the powerful Exer-Master® engine is doing most of the work! Get this person a Peloton! Then she’ll know the meaning of “exhaustion for those with disposable income.”
For #5, we’ll visit a commonly done test on inpatient medical services everywhere:
No mechanical soft solid diet for him! And don’t make the “have a frog in your throat?” joke — he’s sensitive about that.
Let’s finish with #6, a more modern, “hip” offering, hip in more ways than one:
Don’t take our word for it. Pony up your $3.88 for Item 56 F 5965— inflatable sauna shorts — and you too can knock inches off your hips and belly!
Comes in a wide range of colors never before seen in nature.
That’s all for today, folks. If you’ve read this far, I hope you’ve enjoyed this latest installment of Fun with Old Medical Images. And, if not, we’ll be back with more grim pandemic news next time.