Diseases and their paradoxical visual beauty

In their book Hidden Beauty: Exploring the Aesthetics of Medical Science, Johns Hopkins’ School of Medicine professors Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue and Norman Barker collected about a hundred photographs taken by over 60 medical scientists who used imagining technology such as spectral karyotyping and scanning electron microscopy. HIV, gastroesophageal reflux disease, Hepatits B and cirrhosis of the liver… infection isn’t pretty, but these sure look pretty.

Meneingioma, brain tumor
Alzheimers research
Smoker's lung
Hepatitis B virus
Gastroesophageal reflux disease and Barrett’s esophagus
Alzheimer’s disease

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