Wednesday, July 21, 2010

DC Trip - Oddments, part 3 . . . Human Hairball and the NMHM

A trichobezoar from a 12-year-old girl on display. Thankfully, she survived the surgery to remove it. Go to the NMHM website for hairballs to learn everything you need to know about bezoars.

Dudeboy's obsession with the assassination of Lincoln is what brought us to the NMHM. In a past entry we described some the other Lincoln artifacts housed here, but among the more disturbing are fragments from Lincoln's skull.

Union General Dan Sickles was somewhat of a controversial figure in both public and military life. However, he must have had somewhat of a sense of humor, as he would bring friends to visit his mangled limb (Gettysburg) on the anniversary of the amputation.

Two casualties from the Battle of the Wilderness.

Elephantiasis of the scrotum and leg.


Lude said...

My goodness - I don't think I've ever seen a case of elephantitis of the scrotum quite as bad as that...



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