Skin and Skin Conditions



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Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 22, 2013 - Comments (5)
Category: Body, Skin and Skin Conditions, Hygiene, Asia


I don't normally pay much attention to banner ads, but my eye was drawn to this one. Why, I wonder, is the person's face a bright shade of purplish-red like a boiled lobster? Is that a side-effect of whatever treatment this company is offering, or just a poor choice of model?

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 20, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Advertising, Skin and Skin Conditions

Workers’ Hands

From "The Worker's Hand" by George Rosen, M.D. in Ciba Symposia (July 1942).

As someone who's spent too much time at a keyboard during my life, resulting in bad carpal tunnel syndrome, I can definitely empathize with these hands abused and deformed by work.

A tanner. Creases deeply stained.

Walnut sheller. Stained fingers.

Wood carver. Oval callouses in the center of the palm.

Jeweler. Dislocated distal phalanx of the thumb.

Glass polisher. Shortened, brittle nails.

Metal worker. Penetration of metal particles into the skin.

Worker in a glass factory. Callosities produced by mechanical work.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jun 18, 2012 - Comments (14)
Category: Jobs and Occupations, Skin and Skin Conditions

Geoff Ostling wants his tattooed skin hung on a gallery wall as art after he dies

Retired teacher Geoff Ostling is covered in tattoos by Australian artist eX de Medici. He likes them so much that he wants them to be preserved for posterity. So he's bequeathed his skin to the National Gallery in Canberra so that after he's dead it can be tanned and hung on the wall for everyone to see. The Gallery hasn't accepted it yet, and Ostling realizes the bequest is controversial, but he thinks the controversy is a result of people being overly squeamish:

What are the ethical problems with the display of human skins? Is it because a beautiful tattooed human skin may force people to confront their own mortality? That we all will die one day and none of us really knows what will happen after we die. Is this the big problem that makes some people shiver? I see the tanning of my skin and donating it to the Gallery as being no different to allowing the transplant of my heart or my lungs if they will save another person's life. The skin is the largest organ of the body.

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Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 01, 2012 - Comments (12)
Category: Art, Skin and Skin Conditions

Dr. Scott’s Electric Flesh Brush

It rubs the Flesh Brush on its skin!

From Scientific American, Sep 17, 1881.

If interested, you can buy a genuine Flesh Brush on eBay, for a mere $174.95.

Posted By: Alex - Sun May 20, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Advertising, Products, Skin and Skin Conditions

Fingernail Surgery To Remove Seborrheic Keratoses

The medical rule I've heard is that you're not supposed to pick at zits or skin growths, because you'll only make them worse — or cause an infection. But apparently this rule doesn't apply to seborrheic keratoses. According to Dr. George Lundberg, Editor in Chief of MedGenMed, go ahead and pick 'em. Or rather, use "fingernail surgery" to remove 'em. That's what he does!

However, Lundberg's advice hasn't met with universal approval from the medical community. Among the resonses to his editorial on MedGenMed is this one:

To the Editor:
I find your piece embarrassing and unworthy of your Internet service.
If you had bothered to do some research, even just reading eMedicine, you would find that curettage, not excision, is the recommended treatment -- a far more sterile version of a fingernail surgery. The curettage procedure is usually nonscarring though rarely some mild hypopigmentation may result.
The use of fingernail surgery is to be condemned as it is a bacterially contaminated area.
Picking at one's own skin with the fingernails is a bad habit and in its extreme form can become obsessive and result in scarring -- a disorder known as neurotic excoriation.
Many elderly gentlemen will pick at solar keratoses on their scalp, leaving it in a persistent state of bleeding and infection; I sincerely hope that you are not headed in this direction.
If your medical colleagues excise your seb warts or cause significant scars, or if you suspect that they choose their therapies on the basis of cost benefit to themselves, I suggest you take the matter up with your State Medical Board rather than indulging in self-injury.
If there is any doubt about the diagnosis, the curetted specimen can be sent for pathology.
Philip Bekhor
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 28, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Health, Medicine, Surgery, Skin and Skin Conditions

Smelly Hands


Is this a common problem among ladies?

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 02, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Body, Skin and Skin Conditions, Business, Advertising, Products, Public Humiliation, Unsolved Mysteries, 1930s

The Wellcome Collection

This might be a museum WU-vies wish to visit when they are next in London.

Home page.

PS: if I shut my eyes and just listen to this video, why do I think I'm hearing the cast of A Hard Day's Night?

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 23, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Body, Skin and Skin Conditions, Eccentrics, Museums, Weird Studies and Guides

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