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Medical symptoms can be complicated to diagnose so we called in Dr. Skill to find out what’s wrong.
|Dr Skill John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress|
He concluded that the girl in the party frock had eaten too much cake. It was, after all, a tea party. On further investigation, Dr. Skill decided that Fenestra was just a bit exhausted after working a night shift. In Lady Brassica's case it’s Shopilius Extremis, which is caused by too much access to unlimited credit. See, I told you this post was medical.
Yes, he would have been shaving beards and cutting hair prior to taking the Hippocratic oath. Probably using the same knife.
This is the Hippocratic Bench from the second century AD. It is an early version of orthopaedic traction, invented by Hippocrates to create tension for setting bones.
These days medical benches are more comfortable. Here is a Health Bench from Japan.
Fenestra says it reminds her of an old wooden roller coaster, which is a metaphor for life's up and downs. Working night shifts is definitely one of the downs for medical people.
And so to the medical benches.
Here’s one from the Life-is-a-Bench project in Rochester, Minnesota. This is the Mayo Clinic bench by artist Ann Riggott. The bench is sponsored by the Mayo Clinic, where Excellence is the Benchmark. That fits rather well I think: we get medical, we get benchmarks, and we get excellence all in the one bench.
There are many beautiful benches in memory of doctors, nurses and patients.
The Endless Bench in Toronto is in memory of the artist's son.
Czech-born Lea Vivot made this bench in 1984 for the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. She likes people to be involved with her sculptures so The Endless Bench is engraved with 476 messages of love, hope and inspiration.
Here is a colourful mosaic bench made by Evi Olde Rikkert in the Netherlands. It's at the entrance to the geriatric department of the University Hospital Sint Radboud in Nijmegen.
Here is a plaza of benches at the Veterinary Medicine Building at Iowa State University honouring Dr. Issac (Ike) Hayes, a graduate of
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There was another Dr. Issac Hayes. He was Dr. Issac Israel Hayes (1832-1881) a physician, politican and arctic explorer from Pennsylvania. During the American Civil War he was in charge of the 4,500 bed Union Army Satterlee Hospital in Philadelphia. Despite all these achievements, I couldn't find any benches in his honour. Perhaps somewhere in the Arctic buried under snow?
Doctor Salter's Day Dream, was on Bermondsey Wall East in
Born in 1873, Dr. Albert Salter studied at
Not a lot of people know this, but if you think about it, dogs have all the qualities to be good doctors.
I was going to say what a nice Lab coat but I've been warned to cut down on the puns.
I've been to this doctor myself with my dog Sit. He doesn't charge; all he asks is a good quality dog bone bench.
There are some benches for chiropractors around too. Here is the Park Bench Chiropractic in
Pretty setting. But where's the bench?
OK. Lovely logo! I'd like one of these myself.
While we're on the subject of backs, there is a very beautiful spine bench which is a tribute to a healthy spine.
It's called the L5 Bench and it's by Canadian designer Marie Khouri. I first typed that as Marie Curie, who is yet another doctor. She's the one who discovered radiation. Sculptor Jon Hair makes Marie Curie and other bronze figures of famous people on benches at http://www.jonhair.com
Of course benchpressing is relevant here because of its links to health and fitness, but I love the Doctor Bench logo because you get the two key concepts in the one logo. That doesn't happen every day.
I know, I know. You’re worried about Root and if you're British, you’re wondering if I’m ever going to present the real doctor. Well, yes, I am.
What on earth?????
Now back to World Health Day. ‘Health’ ought to mean health in its broadest sense, don’t you think? So wouldn't that include benches in poor health?
Indeed there is.
Here is a wonderful video which shows the utmost care and attention paid to an ailing bench http://gags.justforlaughs.com/exclude-blog/season-4/bench-doctor-prank/
This letter bench is situated in the entrance to the NHS Frenchay Hospital at Bristol. The concept of the bench is in the format of a folded postcard from an actual letter sent by a patient who stayed at the hospital.
And what about nurses? Do they get benches too?
Not so much.
Lots of people think nurses are angels. It's worth remembering that it's a difficult job though: some nurses get ratty.
One of the world's best known nurses is Florence Nightingale, she of the lantern.
It was on this modest bench at her childhood home in Hampshire that Florence Nightingale first got the call to nursing.
This January 19, 1916 cartoon is from the satirical magazine Punch and this scene is from World War I, where nursing conditions were very difficult.
There are some benches in Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada which look out towards the Rocky Mountains and Mt. Edith Cavell. A splendid view for a splendid nurse.
Edith Cavell was nursing in Brussels when the first world war broke out.
She helped more than one hundred Allied soldiers escape from occupied Belgium but she was arrested and executed at dawn on October 12, 1915. I couldn't find any benches but here is a monument to her in London.
That's it for the medical benches.
You'll be pleased to hear that Lady Brassica recovered quite quickly from her bout of Shopilius Extremis. All it took was a good strong espresso and a few minutes with her high heels off.
Root went to hospital. Here on Paradise Island we have a rather nice little cottage hospital - St. Smiley's.
For anyone interested, here are Root’s hospital notes:
At the nurses' station, feelings were unanimous:
But not before he became friendly with Staff Nurse Innocent, who works in ICU.
Later, Lord Brassica's horse Tonks made himself at home in the hospital.
I don't think Florence Nightingale would approve. Nor would any of the doctors and nurses presented here, including Miggy and Mungo.
I first saw the girl in the party frock at Natanya Waybourne's blogspot at www.whatnatanyadid.blogspot.co.uk. It was photographed by Chris Oaten at O-Ten photography www.otenphotography.co.uk The blog post, from November 3, 2011, is called Too Much Cake and features some very beautiful tea party dresses made by Natanya and sold from her shop at http://www.flutterbydaisy.etsy.com
Dr. Skill is from John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress (1678). He's well known in Fribble, where there's someone who fancies him. Did he send her that hearty Valentine download? As for Shopilius Extremis, there's a lot of it about. And remember that Shopping is Not Just for Christmas.
An interesting history of The Hippocratic Bench from the second century AD is athttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocratic_bench
The beautiful Health Bench from Japan costs £3,039.33 or 435,750 yen. It's from http://www.rakuten.co.jp/gmart They will deliver but there is a warning that if you live in Hokkaido, Okinawa or other remote islands, it will cost more. Fenestra has suggested it would make a good rollercoaster on the Fribble seafront. I wonder what it would cost to post it across the world to Paradise Island? For more creative and elegantly designed Japanese benches see what Emiko, Kimiko and Noriko brought to Fribble last spring.
Lea Vivot is from Prague in the Czech Republic. She has exhibited in the Royal Academy of Arts and lectures about art all over the world. Her Endless Bench was installed in front of the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children on University Ave in 1984. She donated it to the hospital in memory of her young son, who died in 1978. The bench is engraved with 476 messages of love, hope and inspiration. The artist writes, "I invite everyone to touch my work and become part of my composition." Another of her sculptures can be seen if you're wondering what are the 31 things there are to do on a bench.
The mosaic bench at Nijmegen is at the entrance to the geriatric department at University Hospital Sint Radboud, Reinier Postlaan. The bench was made by Evi Olde Rikkert and photographed by Willem Nabuurs on his tour of the Netherlands. Willen has put this image in Wikicommons. His photos have featured on Benchsite before from http://www.panoramio.com/photo/32216155
The Mayo Clinic bench is by artist Ann Riggott. It's part of the Life-is-a-Bench project in Rochester, Minnesota. www.rochestermnart.com This project includes benches commissioned by a variety of artists and sponsors. It's well worth a look at their website to see the creativity inspired.
This image of Dr. Grizz Lee is from 2003 so he may have retired by now. Thanks to Liz at http://www.tfienvision.com. Based in Norwalk, Connecticut, they do branding, packaging, promotion, and digital and corporate communications.
The Dr. Charles Hand Townes bench in Townes Square, Greenville, South Carolina is by Brian Scott, 2008.
Many thanks to Chris at Iowa State University for his research about Dr. Issac E. Hayes and the artist Christian Petersen. Petersen was born in Denmark and came to the United States with his family in 1894. He was the first university sculpture-in-residence and held the post at Iowa State from 1934 to 1955. He created twelve major works on the Iowa State campus, including The Gentle Doctor bronze.
Martin athttp://www.infobritain.co.uk/London supplied the image of
Dr. Salter's Day Dream and also his biography. The website presents a fascinating walk through London's Dockland and other locations in Britain. Dr. Salter's statue and that of his daughter and cat are all by Diane Gorvin. The artist writes that her statue "represents the daydream of an old man remembering happier times when his 'sunshine' was still alive." After Dr. Salter and his bench were stolen in 2011, the Joyce and cat statues were put in storage for safe-keeping.
Dr. Edward Giles Dudley-Robey, aka Doctor Bench, is a medical doctor and clinical researcher who is the reigning 2011 IPL World Champion in the 181lb./82.5 kg open division in the bench press. He was the 2008 GPC World Champion in the 165lb/75 kg sub-master division, and the world bronze medalist for the open division in the bench press. He is a five-time member of Team
Yes, Miggy and Mungo both have PhDs, which technically makes them doctors. The photo is from Mungo's graduation. Miggy got her PhD so long ago that . . . well, let's just say she was a barber-surgeon at the time.
The Sick Bench just-for-laughs video was filmed in May 2012. Many thanks to Gags Just For Laughs for making it available. You can watch it at http://gags.justforlaughs.com/exclude-blog/season-4/bench-doctor-prank/
The broken down bench is from http://goodstuffathome.com You'll be pleased to know that, like Root and Lady Jessica and my friend Fenestra, the broken down bench has been restored to full health.
See the website to find out how it was done. Goes to show what a good bench doctor can do.
The Dog Doctor illustration is from unNaturalinspiration at unaturaliinspiration.etsy.com. A print of the Dog Doctor currently costs $12.99. If you prefer cats, there's a Cat Doctor too. And a Benchsite blog about cat benches, edited by the
The Tenino Dogbone bench is from Marenakos in Preston, Washington. They make a variety of granite dogbone and other types of benches. www.marenakos.com
If you like dog benches, have a look at
http://benchsite.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/dog-bench-days-of-august.html And there are more small, large and faraway dog benches at
http://benchsite.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/big-bench-small-bench-cute-and-tiny.html On the other hand, if you prefer cats, let Meredith show you some great feline benches. Maybe you like rabbits: bunnies are not just for Easter you know. 2014 is the Year of the Horse, of course, of course. Sheep? We've got some Baaaaaad ones here on Benchsite, along with some mischievious monkeys. Cows? We've got those too Cream of Bovine Benches. Finally, see which animal benches Noah saved on the Ark.
Many thanks to Dr. Robert Romano at Park Bench Chiropractic for the logo and the other image of clouds and trees. The Park Bench doctors have an informative and readable blog at http://www.parkbenchchiropractic.com
The very beautiful L5 Spine Bench was designed by Vancouver-based sculptor and designer Marie Khouri. It was exhibited at the IDS West show in 2010. http://khouridesign.net/
Nurses are the heart of healthcare so there is a whole Benchsite story just about nurses. It's for International Nurses Day 2016 and includes lots of nurses and a few benches. http://benchsite.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/nurse-benches-for-international-nurses.html And a rather unusual nurse uniform too. Revealing, yes. Some people think it's perfect for ICU.
Barbara Hart makes all sorts of wonderful Little Wood People. The Old School Nurse is two inches tall and costs $20. Barbara's shop is at www.littlewoodpeople.etsy.com Does anyone remember The Nit Nurse?
Florence Nightingale's childhood home was Embley Park near Romsey in Hampshire. Her call to nursing came in 1837 when she was 17 years old. She became well known through her work in the Crimean War and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem Santa Filomena (The Lady with the Lamp.) She died in 1910 and is buried in East Wellow in Hampshire. The bench photo is from the American Association for the History of Nursing at http://www.aahn.org I don't have their explicit permission to use it but as the purpose is educational here, I hope they won't mind.
The image of Florence Nightingale and the Nightingale doll are from Debbie Ritter at Uneek Doll Designs. Debbie makes dolls for all sorts of people. Florence costs £27.63 and is available from www.uneekdolldesigns.etsy.com Debbie's blog about her work as an artist is at http://uneekmusings.blogspot.co.uk/
Edith Cavell was born in Norfolk, England in 1865. She trained at the Royal London Hospital and worked as a matron at the Berkendael Medical Institute in Brussels. She was executed by firing squad in Brussels on October 12, 1915. This image of the monument was provided by William Wallace at http://londoniscool.com
The three cartoons are from the January 19, 1916 volume 150 edition of Punch, made available by www.ProjectGutenberg.org. Their statement reads: This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org The terms of the license are that I publish the statement. Which I have done. So there.
My poem Dr. Drummond's Bench appears in Benchmarks, by Shore Women Writers, 2011. I have written quite a few medical poems and have been rather successful in the Hippocrates international poetry competition in recent years.http://www.hippocrates-poetry.org/ This year my mental health poem Dysthymia and the Netherlandish Proverbs has been commended. As a career choice though, I'm sure being a doctor would be more profitable than being a poet. In fact, being a barber would be more profitable than being a poet, if only I owned a suitable knife.