Of bones and blood
Frank T. Zumbachs Mysterious World
Ten assorted artificial eyes, London, England, 1870-1920 -- These make me think of industrial accidents in unsafe factories and of the blasts of WWI. That makes me sad. Then I think how grateful the person must have been to receive the restored image that these beautifully-crafted eyes must have offered. People helping people makes me happy.
Buried in the National Library of Medicine's collection of more than 17 million items are some pretty amazing, largely unseen objects from around the world. These rare and fascinating pieces range from historically significant texts to grotesque depictions of skin ailments to hilarious cartoon warnings about infectious diseases.