Frame Suspends Patient For Surgical Operation (Mar, 1938)

Frame Suspends Patient For Surgical Operation

ALTHOUGH it resembles a medieval torture machine in general appearance, a newly developed operating room frame is said to provide increased comfort for the patient and affords the surgeon free access to the field of operation. The frame is specially designed for fracture and orthopedic operating work.

The new apparatus employs the principle of suspension from above, rather than support from beneath and the patient’s body lies on padded rests at the head, small of the back, and below the thighs. The feet and hands are strapped to other supports on the frame

New “Camera” Makes X-Ray Movies (Jul, 1939)

New “Camera” Makes X-Ray Movies

MOTION pictures made with a rapid-fire X-ray “camera” devised by a Belgian radiologist will help physicians to study and to diagnose the ailments of moving body organs. Instead of making single shots, the machine exposes a series of large X-ray films in quick succession. This is done by mounting the specially slotted films upon a motor-driven revolving drum, seen within the machine in the right-hand view above. For examination, the resulting sheaf of pictures may then be transferred to motion-picture film and run off in a projector at any desired speed, so that the movements of the internal organs, as they appear on the film, are vividly shown on a conventional screen.


But is it worth it if you also get seasick?

Sufferers from heart ailments are said to be aided by a new rocking bed. Operated by an electric motor, the bed alternately raises
the head and feet of the patient, helping the blood circulate to all parts of the body, thus easing the strain upon an over-taxed heart.

Doctors Listen to Noises in Patient’s Head (Jan, 1938)

Doctors Listen to Noises in Patient’s Head
With his head “wired for sound,” George Yocum, Pennsylvania miner, faced a group of doctors and medical students at Temple University recently as amplifiers reproduced the roaring and whistling sounds that have bothered him since he suffered a skull fracture two years ago. A microphone placed against his forehead allowed doctors to diagnose his ailment as a cranial aneurysm, or swelling of a brain blood vessel.

Service Station for Skeletons (Jun, 1938)

Service Station for Skeletons

Medical-School Specimens Overhauled in Novel Shop

FIRST AID to skeletons! That’s the business of a strange “hospital” in New York City that annually takes apart, cleans, repairs, ana reassembles scores of dusty and damaged skeletons sent in by medical schools where they are used for study and demonstration. After skilled technicians have finished work on the eerie figures they are returned to their owners as good as new!

New Noses in 40 Minutes (Nov, 1937)

New Noses in 40 Minutes

IN A forty-minute miracle of modern surgery, an unshapely nose now can be transformed in such a way as to change the owner’s face completely. Working entirely through the nostrils in order to leave no unsightly scar, the surgeon’s deft hands are guided almost exclusively by the sense of touch as he removes the hump and shortens the nose to normal proportions. Only a local anesthetic is used and the patient is conscious throughout the delicate operation. The complete transformation of the patient’s nose is accomplished in about forty minutes. In the accompanying photographs, a highspeed camera has caught the successive steps of the work in one of the most dramatic series of pictures ever made in an operating room.

Science Studies the Nudists (Feb, 1938)

Science Studies the Nudists



THREE hundred thousand men, women, and children, in America alone, are nudists. Followers of the “back-to-Eden” cult report that, during one ten-month period, members increased at the rate of 10,000 a month. Nearly 400 camps, scattered from coast to coast, are being maintained by the faddists for nude sun bathing.

Does nakedness really benefit health? Are the claims of the nudists justified? Can our bodies, if given a chance, inure themselves to cold and inclement weather?

Eye Exerciser Apparatus Resembles Circus Wheel (Feb, 1938)

Eye Exerciser Apparatus Resembles Circus Wheel
DESIGNED to strengthen eye muscles through exercise, a new apparatus invented by Dr. William I. Henry, of Akron, Ohio, resembles a carnival chance wheel in appearance. The device consists principally of a large rotating disc to which toy animals are attached in slots in such a manner that they assume different positions as the disc rotates by mechanical means.

To use the apparatus a patient sits before the disc, placing the chin on a special rest. Watching the antics of the toy animals as the disc rotates at various speeds provides exercise for the eye muscles.

How Modern Surgeons Conquer Fatal Germs (Jan, 1933)

How Modern Surgeons Conquer Fatal Germs

By Frederic Damrau, M.D.

A SMALL item recently appeared in the newspapers. It reported a new ruling of the American College of Surgeons. In the future, all surgical thread must be tested thirteen days instead of six to insure its freedom from germs. That tiny item was buried in the back pages of the papers. Few people read it. Yet, behind it lies one of the most thrilling chapters in the whole dramatic story of death-fighting by surgery.

Less than seventy years ago, such a simple operation as the amputation of a finger was a life and death matter. In one famous European hospital, eleven out of seventeen amputations resulted in death from blood poison. Germs of infection were unsuspected. Sterilization, as we know it today, was unknown. Antiseptics were undreamed of. Doctors knew little about infection and were helpless before it. It was not until after the Civil War, that antiseptics first appeared and revolutionized the science of surgery.

Lindy’s Invention Perfects the Mechanical Man (Sep, 1935)

Lindy’s Invention Perfects the Mechanical Man

Lindbergh’s new “mechanical heart” calls attention to the fact that medical science even now has marvelous machines which will replace parts of the human body or do the work of parts that fail.


MEDICAL science has machines that will breathe for you, talk for you, hear for you, eat for you, circulate your blood—and even sweat for you—if you should ever happen to need them. Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh, a mechanical genius as well as a great aviator, has recently constructed a “mechanical heart” by means of which vital organs can be kept alive outside the body for months and probably years. So far, of course, only animals have been used in the experiments with the mechanical heart conducted at the Rockefeller Institute by the famous medical research man and Nobel prize winner, Alexis Carrel.

To Lindbergh goes the credit for another piece of scientific apparatus, a blood testing device which operates on the same principle that keeps a ball suspended in midair by the force below a spray of water.