Monday, October 12, 2009

Institutionalized Edition

This is my new boyfriend: a wax model of a man with really bad rosacea. With a pipe. He lives at the National Museum of Health and Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. One of the more interesting tidbits in the museum was the sign explaining the source of the fetuses in formaldehyde in the fetus exhibit:

To the best of the museum staff's knowledge, all of the anatomical specimens used in the exhibit were the result of conditions that prevented the survival of the embryo or fetus. Others were stillborn because of complications during pregnancy or were the result of medically necessary operations.

Translation: no abortions here! Here's a picture of some deformed fetuses (to the left, you jokers):

The Walter Reed campus had the same feeling as the St. Elizabeths Hospital campus, where John Hinckley, Jr. lives. Both feature lovely, though institutional architecture. A Dispatch special operative took me on a tour of St. E's a while back. Reagan's would-be assassin lives in the room at the top left of the photo below:

I think that's enough grainy cellphone photos for one post.

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