Posts tagged Biomedical Ephemera

Biomedical Ephemera, or: A Frog for Your Boils turned 3 today!

Or so my email tells me.

News: The Zarkster is getting his surgery at the end of the month, and we’re still raising funds for that. Lot 1 went unclaimed so I’ll be re-drawing that this weekend. Lots 2 and 3 will be posted in the coming week/s.

Posting should be back to its regular daily schedule after Memorial Day (May 26), but I have some half-finished posts that I’ll finish up before then.

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Here are some much more interesting May 15 anniversaries than this blog’s birthday:

  • 197 years ago - In 1817, the first private mental health hospital (it was called the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason. Hows that for a name?) opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was one of the first mental health hospitals that attempted to treat patients with respect and dignity, and is still open today as Friends Hospital.
  • 145 years ago - In 1869, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony form the National Woman Suffrage Associationin New York City. It would take more than 50 years for all women in the United States to have the right to vote. 
  • 4 years ago - In 2010, 16-year-old Australian Jessica Watson completed her non-stop circumnavigation of the globe, becoming, by most record-books (though, due to technicalities, not all) the youngest skipper to do so.

Photos:

"National Sanitary Cake". 1865.

Birthday cake for Warren G. Harding’s dog, “Laddie Boy”. 1922.

Army Sergent’s buddy’s baked him a cake with the “tools of the trade”. 1942.

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Biomedical Ephemera’s Cat Surgery and Wedding Celebration Giveaway!

ALRIGHT! Let’s do this. I’ve been meaning to do a giveaway for a really long time, so I’ve accumulated WAY too much stuff. Why now? Because I’m getting married in, like, three weeks, and I want to share some of the celebration with you guys! Yay!

Save Zarkoth, Destroyer of Carpets!

Much more importantly, though, I’m also doing this because my kitty needs his tooth removed, and all of our upcoming expenses mean that we can’t get this done on our own. The full story is at the donation website, and I want to get the word out that an awesome kitty could use a buck or two if you have it.

You do not have to donate to be entered into the giveaway. I really just want to get the word out so that those who can help know about it.

With that out of the way, this is the first of three lots - the other two will be posted at the end of the month, after this is concluded.

Lot 1:

  • ONE “Dr. Miles’ New Joke Book” from 1936 Full of terrible jokes and testimonials. Advertisement for Dr. Miles’ Anti-Pain Pills.
  • Choice of TWO: Inflatable Frog, Inflatable Bird, Inflatable Turtle, fossil Deinonychus life-sized wall wrap.
  • ONE Inflatable Perch Including internal organs illustrated on the side, with diagrams and teaching tools.
  • ONE Kidney-On-A-Stick Reverse is a regular kidney model, without internal components shown.
  • Choice of ONE: Inflatable Marie Curie OR Benjamin Franklin. Perfect for pranking or terrifying your science-inclined friends! Both heads have trivia about their subjects on the back.
  • THREE “Wild Wraps” Bush babies and black panthers. Perfect for organizing cords, hanging from your ponytail, or guarding your treasures!
  • Choice of ONE:
    100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names by Diana Wells OR Wicked Bugs by Amy Stewart. Both are fascinating, have bizarre, curious, and fun trivia and facts about their subjects, and I’ve used both as resources for the blog!

Giveaway Rules:

Again, you do not have to donate OR follow me to be entered, but if you like any of this stuff, you’ll probably like my blog! 

  1. "Like" the post for one entry, reblog for a second entry. Two entries max. If the post is reblogged more than once, only the first two times will count.
  2. Winner will be chosen via Random Number Generator.
  3. The winner will be chosen on Monday, April 21, 2014.
  4. Winner will be contacted via “Ask” so please keep your ask box open!
  5. Winner will have three days to respond, before I re-roll the number.
  6. I will ship worldwide.
  7. What with the wedding, kitty surgery, and everything else coming up, please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery - though hopefully it will only take a few days!
  8. If you win this lot, you cannot win another. Feel free to promote them all, though ;D
  9. Give yourself a hug, because you’re awesome and love weird science!

Biomedical Ephemera’s Cat Surgery and Wedding Celebration Giveaway!

ALRIGHT! Let’s do this. I’ve been meaning to do a giveaway for a really long time, so I’ve accumulated WAY too much stuff. Why now? Because I’m getting married in, like, three weeks, and I want to share some of the celebration with you guys! Yay!

**Save Zarkoth, Destroyer of Carpets!**

Much more importantly, though, I’m also doing this because my kitty needs his tooth removed, and all of our upcoming expenses mean that we can’t get this done on our own. The full story is at the donation website, and I want to get the word out that an awesome kitty could use a buck or two if you have it.

You do not have to donate to be entered into the giveaway. I really just want to get the word out so that those who can help know about it.

With that out of the way, this is the first of three lots - the other two will be posted at the end of the month, after this is concluded.

Lot 1:

  • ONE “Dr. Miles’ New Joke Book” from 1936 Full of terrible jokes and testimonials. Advertisement for Dr. Miles’ Anti-Pain Pills.
  • Choice of TWO: Inflatable Frog, Inflatable Bird, Inflatable Turtle, fossil Deinonychus life-sized wall wrap.
  • ONE Inflatable Perch Including internal organs illustrated on the side, with diagrams and teaching tools.
  • ONE Kidney-On-A-Stick Reverse is a regular kidney model, without internal components shown.
  • Choice of ONE: Inflatable Marie Curie OR Benjamin Franklin. Perfect for pranking or terrifying your science-inclined friends! Both heads have trivia about their subjects on the back.
  • THREE “Wild Wraps” Bush babies and black panthers. Perfect for organizing cords, hanging from your ponytail, or guarding your treasures!
  • Choice of ONE:
    100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names by Diana Wells OR Wicked Bugs by Amy Stewart. Both are fascinating, have bizarre, curious, and fun trivia and facts about their subjects, and I’ve used both as resources for the blog!

Giveaway Rules:

Again, you do not have to donate OR follow me to be entered, but if you like any of this stuff, you’ll probably like my blog!
Check it out!

  1. "Like" the post for one entry, reblog for a second entry. Two entries max. If the post is reblogged more than once, only the first two times will count.
  2. Winner will be chosen via Random Number Generator.
  3. The winner will be chosen on Monday, April 21, 2014.
  4. Winner will be contacted via “Ask” so please keep your ask box open!
  5. Winner will have three days to respond, before I re-roll the number.
  6. I will ship worldwide.
  7. What with the wedding, kitty surgery, and everything else coming up, please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery - though hopefully it will only take a few days!
  8. If you win this lot, you cannot win another. Feel free to promote them all, though ;D
  9. Give yourself a hug, because you’re awesome and love weird science!
Honestly, if someone can't handle looking at a black and white drawing of something medical, then they shouldn't be following a medical related blog and then whine about seeing medical things. I mean, really. Unfollow and go follow a blog about clouds and fuzzy dogs — Asked by Anonymous

*shrug*
I get it. I post a LOT of natural history and biology and basic anatomy lessons and even just cute animals with old illustrations.

It’s kind of the reason I’ve looked at breaking apart the two blogs for years, but in the end I decided I really like having them together. There’s so much in the natural world that bled into medical history, and so much medical history that was discovered by the polymaths and zoology geniuses of the time.

We didn’t know a ton about medicine back then. We didn’t know a ton about the natural world back then. It was an age of discovery and I love every one of them.

But it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

I tag most things to a point of near-excess. It makes things easy to find. If adding one more tag means making it easy to never find for some people, no big deal.

It’s more a matter of me remembering or not. I won’t for a while, most likely.

And hey, in the end, some people might really wanna see “genital horror”! And then they can search by that tag! :D

How did you get interested in... biomedical emphemra? Haha it's such a niche interest, or for me anyways! It's hella cool, but I'm just curious what draws you to it. :) — Asked by Anonymous

Heh, yeah, I suppose it is a “niche” interest. I do quite love it, though.

I have a page that explains how I got into it.

The natural history part of the blog is less interesting…I’ve always loved animals (I was originally in school to become a veterinarian), and my mom had an old Audubon book to identify the birds at our feeder, when I was a kid. From that book I learned about tons of other animals, and re-encountered old natural history illustrations in my quests for old medical illustrations. They were too awesome not to learn more about and subsequently share, so I did what I have here…and seek to do much more in the future ^^

Learn broadly, and with passion.

Hi< I dont want to seem pushy but are you going to have new posts anytime soon? I love your blog, it's the best! I miss your posts! — Asked by Anonymous

Ahh, yes, I will try to post more in the next week or so - and then get back to regularly posting my own stuff again soon. Promise. But I can only promise I’ll try. I’ve been hurting less, but becoming more apathetic and depressed over the past month, and I’m trying to work through it.

It’s been six weeks to the day since my “baby” (alright, yes, he was fully an adult and at least 8” taller than me) brother was killed in a bike accident.

He was a guiding figure in my life. Rarely (if ever) a best friend, but a constant friend - and antagonist. When he was disappointed in me I felt like I had to do better just to prove him wrong. When he was proud of me or impressed by something I’d done, it meant more than any perfect grade or compliment from our parents did.

I miss my brother. He loved the fact that I had a rather successful blog, even if he wasn’t the type to be terribly interested in this stuff. He still expressed happiness when I reached new milestones here.

I’ll get through this. I’ll keep blogging. It just might take a few more weeks to get back into the swing of things, okay?

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Yes. I be back soonish. Here’s an apology Nyan Shark.

Hey! You spending tonight at home/recovering from a wild party/lollygagging about all day? Here’s something to take a few minutes of your time!

The new layout isn’t up yet, but I have quite a few images on my Flickr photostream already - both natural history and medical.

Check out the Erpétologie générale album. I can never seem to find enough uses for the illustrations over on the blog, but they are fantastic. Frogs and gators and turtles and lizards!

The German orthopedics and the herpetology books aren’t annotated yet, but the references for everything are already loaded.

This time, the lack of posts is for a good reason!

Big things are coming…

Ok, nothing huge, but a large makeover for the layout (don’t worry, it’s still gonna be easy to navigate), and inclusion of an “Ephemeral Scraps” Flickr stream link for all of you who have been looking for more content with less commentary. This blog won’t be posting those pics (I like having my  sometimes-pointless commentary here!), but there have been enough requests that I figure it wouldn’t hurt to have a place to upload related sets of images from time to time.

Expect everything to be finished by the New Year. I’m also working on some new scripting for Cabbaging Cove, but that stuff’s a lot simpler.

The only blog that I’ll be reliably updating during the next few days is my personal blog, but this blog’s ask box is always open. There will be periodic “real” posts, too. See you in the new year!