Willie Vicarage, suffering facial wounds in the Battle of Jutland 1916 Naval Battle was one of the first men to receive facial reconstruction using plastic surgery. Doctor Harold Gillies created the "tubed pedicle" technique that used a flap of skin from the chest or forehead and swung it into place over the face. The flap remained attached but was stitched into a tube, keeping the original blood supply intact and dramatically reducing the infection rate.

A U.S. Marine listens for the heartbeat of a dying buddy who suffered head wounds when the company's lead platoon was hit with enemy machine gun fire as they pushed through a rice paddy just short of the demilitarized zone in South Vietnam Sept. 17, 1966.

blind mendicant guided by a paraplegic dwarf, Syria, 1860s~~I shall be your eyes, you shall be my legs.

Annie Oakley, born Phoebe Ann Mosey, could use a .22 caliber rifle at 90 feet to split a playing card edge-on and put five or six more holes in it before it touched the ground.

Jewish little girl from Prague, Eva Nemova, born in 1937. Picture made in a studio before deportation to Terezin in November 1941. Eva died in Terezin or Auschwitz.

Young Hillary Clinton wrote to NASA as a child asking what she needed to do to become an astronaut. NASA wrote back that there would never be a female astronaut.

Early studio portrait of an Australian soldier. He wears the standard Great War uniform of the Australian Army, although he has a not often seen blanket roll over his shoulder. Affixed to his Lee Enfield (SMLE) is a nice hooked quillon bayonet, probably of Lithgow manufacture.

Lewis Hine - Little Orphan Annie in a Pittsburgh Institution, 1910

Red Army, 1942

This is worse than weird!!

The Sword in the Stone at Montesiepi Chapel #history #legend

Mya was admitted to a hospital near the family's home in Hutchinson, Kansas. Doctors thought she had a staph infection of her lymph nodes. But when they tried to drain the bump, nothing came out. Hours later, Aaron Whittington and his wife Emma noticed what appeared to be a "half-inch string" protruding from Mya's face. "[The pediatrician] threw on gloves and she pulled out a 2-inch feather and she's like, 'It's a feather.' And we're like, 'What do you mean it's a feather?' -Yahoo News

The Burns Archive

An SS doctor examines a group of kidnapped Polish children judged to be "racially valuable" and ready for adoption by German parents. Süddeutscher Verlag, Bilderdienst, Munich

Dismembered Soldiers WWI - Facial Injuries

Elizabeth Bathory, “the female dracula” (1560-1614) — a renaisance-era transylvanian countess alleged to have bathed in the blood of young women to enhance the beauty of her skin. if true, she would be one of the rare cases of female offenders who could be catagorised as a “hedonist lust” type serial killer: those who harvest body parts or fluids for their own hedonistic pleasure, a characteristic predominately associated with only male serialists.

Helen Brooke Taussig (1898-1986) was an American cardiologist, working in Baltimore and Boston, who founded the field of pediatric cardiology. Notably, she is credited with developing the concept for a procedure that would extend the lives of children born with Tetralogy of Fallot (also known as blue baby syndrome). This concept was applied in practice as a procedure known as the Blalock-Taussig shunt.

Vietnam War

WWI facial prosthesis

This is one of five known X-rays of Hitler's head, part of his medical records compiled by American military intelligence after the German's surrendered and declassified in 1958. The records also include doctor's reports, diagrams of his teeth and nose and electrocardiograms.