Tag Archives: bones

Two skeletons appear engaged in causal conversation. October 30

A Portal of Death

By Elizabeth Mullen Are you ready to walk and talk with the skeletons? It’s Halloween again. As the nights get longer and leaves turn and fall, many will spend the dark evening communing with spooks, specters and skeletons and pondering frightening images of death. The ‘portal of death’ above is the Frontispiece from Bernardino Genga’s […]

A group of X-ray's showing a foot in a shoe and a hand and arm. September 24

Photography of the Invisible and Its Value in Surgery

By Tal Golan Originally published in Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine, 2011. Dr. William J. Morton (1845–1920) hurried his book The X-Ray: Or, Photography of the Invisible and Its Value in Surgery into print in September 1896, a mere nine months after Wilhelm Röntgen made public his discovery of the new ray. The news […]

A flattened lead ball mounted in a case under glass. April 16

The Lincoln Autopsy

By Jill L. Newmark and Roxanne Beatty This week, Circulating Now marks a pivotal event in American history with a short series of posts. 150 years ago on April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in a crowded theater in Washington DC. On April 15th he died and an autopsy was performed. Several doctors supported […]

Clyde Snow, back to the camera, presents images of physical evidence in a trial. May 22

Remembering Clyde Snow, 1928–2014

By Erika Mills and Elizabeth A. Mullen Poring over bones left in mass graves and clandestine burial sites, seeking answers that might shed light on some of the darkest episodes in recent history, Clyde Snow made it his life’s work to unearth the truth. The celebrated forensic anthropologist exhumed and examined the skeletal remains of […]

An illustration of two men working on a body. January 06

Percivall Pott: Orthopedics and Occupational Health

By Michael J. North Today we commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Percivall Pott (1714–1788), an English surgeon who is known as one of the founders of orthopedics and occupational health. Percivall Pott was the son of a scrivener (or scribe) and notary in London by the same name. After receiving an education […]

October 31

The Dance of Death

By Ginny A. Roth It’s that time of year when ghosts and goblins are out in droves, children in costume roam the streets at dusk on a noble quest for candy, and unsuspecting passersby fall victim to the random acts of mischief that plague so many on Halloween. It is not a night for the […]

Detail of the title page of President Garfield's autopsy report stamped Surgeon General's Library. September 20

“The President is Somewhat Restless…”: Aftermath

By Jeffrey S. Reznick and Lenore Barbian The Beginning of the End While the ocean air of Elberon initially caused some improvement in Garfield’s condition, and he was delighted to be near the sea, he eventually took a turn for the worse, complaining of chills, fever, a troublesome cough, and weakness. The bulletins of his […]