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A slight hiatus;
As I am getting married in a week and then in Japan until the 17th, I am putting this blog on a temporary hiatus.
I’ll still probably be checking my messages and such so you can reach me, but I won’t be “active” until I return.
Today at work I encountered my first mummification case, much like (but obviously not the same person) photographed above. I’m still trying to get used to the smell of things, but it was definitely an interesting lesson.
“Mummification is a modification of putrefaction characterised by the dehydration or dessication of the tissues. The body shrivels and is converted into a leathery or parchment-like mass of skin and tendons surrounding the bone. The internal organs are often decomposed but may be preserved. Skin shrinkage may produce large artefactual splits mimmicking injuries. These are particularly seen in the groins, around the neck, and the armpits.”
Injured mother and son after receiving rice balls from emergency aid for Nagasaki atomic bomb survivors, 1945.
Clinical shot of patient recovering from gas gangrene
Gas gangrene is usually caused by the anaerobic bacteria Clostridium perfringens, but can be caused by any other anaerobic bacteria that infects muscle tissue. It’s often fatal, as the infection and exotoxins from the bacteria quickly flood the bloodstream, in addition to breaking down the muscular tissue.
If amputation was not an option, debridement (the medical removal of dead or infected tissue) and excision was often the only treatment. Secondary infection after removal of the infected tissue was a common problem, but antibiotic use after treatment helped stave off new bacteria.
On another note,
I just started my very first ”Personal Blog” if any of you care enough to follow. Quite a different direction from this blog, but hey, it floats my boat.
Many soldiers came back from the trenches of WWI missing bits of their face. But 1920s society wasn’t the nicest place to look like a gnarled piece of meat, and facial surgery was barely beyond grafting your finger to your nose.
The masks were either held in place by string or attached to glasses, and were painted to match the wearer’s skin colour. Things like facial hair and artificial eyes were also added where needed.
Not really medical, but still vintage -
Photograph of my grandfather holding an owl that froze to death with wings spread. Circa 1950’s~, Hanley, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Bound feet “Sing-Song” girls in training at a tea-house, China, 1930’s by Ellen Thorbecke
The faces of decomposition - example of postmortem skin slippage.