Skull radiograph above shows a 0.50 caliber bullet wound of the face. Injured while heating 0.50 caliber incendiary m.g. [?] bullet with a blowtorch while manufacturing an ash tray. Entrance just below right eyebrow. 11 days after injury, patient began hemorrhaging; blood flow so profuse it was impossible to carry out emergency procedures. Patient deceased. World War 2.
As part of my radiology training, I got to spend 6 weeks at the AFIP course in radiologic pathology. Since the NMHM and AFIP shared the same building at the time, I spent a lot of my spare time wandering through the NMHM exhibits. Some of my favorites: bits of Abraham Lincoln's skull, President Garfield's assassin's spleen, an isolated humerus with flagrant osteomyelitis from a Civil War minnie ball wound, hand-written medical texts by Viet Cong medics, and artwork signed by a young Army physician: Captain Frank Netter, M.D.
"Crossing your fingers" won't prevent venereal disease but a prophylaxis will. Venereal Disease Control Office, L.J. Stephens, Captain, Medical Corps, Jefferson Barracks, M.O.
It's great news to hear that the NMHM has been uploading their pictures to Flickr since September 2006, under a very liberal Creative Commons license. This is a great public domain resource for medical bloggers or anyone else interested in the history of medicine.
Check out the following links to some of their images on Flickr at:
General Daniel Sickles' leg bones, removed after the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War.
Other excellent images can be seen online at the Otis Archives Gallery.
(via Morbid Anatomy)