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Medical Fotolog.
August 6, 2003 7:06 PM   Subscribe

Medical fotolog. [warning -- graphic surgical photos]
posted by monju_bosatsu (15 comments total)

 
Moblogging is the last thing I want going on in the operating room if I am undergoing brain surgery.
posted by samuelad at 7:33 PM on August 6, 2003


..yes. And...?
posted by marvin at 7:50 PM on August 6, 2003


holy.... GAHH!

I'll be spending 2 hours on Care Bears Forever to make the taste of that go away...
posted by scarabic at 7:55 PM on August 6, 2003


Good stuff Monju. That half-dissected hand picture evokes the unique feeling of the sketches I've seen in historical anatomy texts (from Da'Vinci to Grey's*). But I've never seen the real deal, so this was something.


*not to mention a certain aptly titled painting by Eakins.
posted by dgaicun at 8:53 PM on August 6, 2003


AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Jesus Christ.
posted by jokeefe at 9:28 PM on August 6, 2003


it IS a toomah.
Eew.
posted by bonheur at 9:33 PM on August 6, 2003


So what are the ethics around some of these photographs? The surgery ones are interesting, if vomit inducing, but what about those posted by (I'm guessing) an emt on duty? Note: link is to picture of man who has died of an OD on the street. You can see his face clearly, and he would be easily identifiable to you if you were family or friends.
posted by jokeefe at 10:30 PM on August 6, 2003


Meatfilter!
posted by chrid at 4:33 AM on August 7, 2003


I linked this site a couple months ago: Patient is best teacher!
From the site:
Yes, it is a tumor.
posted by planetkyoto at 5:08 AM on August 7, 2003


So what are the ethics around some of these photographs?

That question could make for an interesting discussion. Once you die, you no longer have any right to privacy, so the picture you linked to may be in poor taste and upsetting to the subjects friends and family, but not necessaily unethical. More troubling from that perspective are the pictures of the emotionally disturbed woman being hauled off by the cops; her privacy was definitely violated if those pictures were taken by someone who was supposed to be helping her. On the other hand, both of those incidents were in broad daylight in a public place, so expectations of privacy would be low.

It is not at all clear to me that the photographer is an EMT. He certainly spends a lot more time in the OR than any EMT I know. It is true that many EMTs carry cameras with them and take picture of bad wrecks, etc., so this could be the case.

Here are the latest government regulations on the privacy of medical information.
posted by TedW at 7:50 AM on August 7, 2003


Once you die, you no longer have any right to privacy...
Maybe not legally. But the dead are entitled to their dignity. This is pornography for meat freaks.
posted by Faze at 9:13 AM on August 7, 2003


But are these people dead? Most of the photos I saw were labled "tumor removal" or something similar. Looks like a surgeon with a camera to me.
posted by Hackworth at 9:21 AM on August 7, 2003


But are these people dead? Most of the photos I saw were labled "tumor removal" or something similar. Looks like a surgeon with a camera to me.

Keep looking. There are also quite a number of older photographs taken during what must be ambulance calls--car crashes, people freaking out on the street, etc.
posted by jokeefe at 10:13 AM on August 7, 2003


I agree that the dead are entitled to some dignity, which is why I question the taste of some of the pictures.

As far as the surgery pictures go, the ethics of those weren't questioned, presumably because the subjects are unidentified. And as someone who works in an OR, I actually found them pretty tame.
posted by TedW at 10:13 AM on August 7, 2003


sure the medical photos are gross and all.. but the random street violence shots in NYC were most intriguing.
posted by bluno at 1:33 PM on August 7, 2003


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