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Gross Anatomy: afflictions of the flesh

With all the hysteria about flesh-eating strep, the color lithographs of skin disorders in the International Museum of Surgical Science’s Skin Disease, 1860-1884 exhibit are suddenly in vogue. The 25 lively images depict victims with rotting, scaling, and blistering flesh suffering from a variety of ailments, ranging from leprosy to acne to syphilis. The red-and-white […]

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Reader to Reader

Dear Reader: I’m at Hammacher Schlemmer on Michigan Avenue, staring at the Harley Davidson Telephone ($89.95) and waiting for the salesperson to bring me the Nutcracker Music Box ($39.95) my brother asked me to pick up. The store is crowded; it’s 15 days before Christmas, and everyone is shouting. “It’s all toys. Just what we […]