World Bodypainting Festival 2015, Austria.

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This majestic creation blends planets, alien figures and what looks like a rollercoaster track to turn the model into a galaxy not so far away.  Photograph: Jan Hetfleisch/Getty Images
The 18th edition of the World Bodypainting Festival saw more than 45 nations competing.
The event took place in Pörtschach am Wörthersee, Austria.
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This model is almost engulfed by her wolf headdress and sweeping coral shapes. Photograph: Jan Hetfleisch/Getty Images
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Pinball wizard: an arcade-inspired design.  Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/REUTERS
See more Images via World Bodypainting festival 2015 – in pictures | World news | The Guardian.

Bodies in Honey by Blake Little.

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Preservation, an amazing series of American photographer and artist Blake Little, who is covering his models with honey and capturing them into dripping portraits, frozen in this golden sugar as in amber.
A fascinating project published in the book Preservation.
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See more Images via Preservation – When a photographer is covering his models with dripping honey | Ufunk.net.

A History of Plastic Surgery and Transplants.

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Using a skin transplant from the arm to form a “Nose”.
Early History: Ancient Greek, Roman and Chinese myths feature fanciful accounts of transplants performed by gods and healers, often involving cadavers or animals.
While these tales are considered apocryphal, by 800 B.C. Indian doctors had likely begun grafting skin—technically the largest organ—from one part of the body to another to repair wounds and burns.
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16th Century: Italian surgeon Gasparo Tagliacozzi, sometimes known as the father of plastic surgery, reconstructed noses and ears using skin from patients’ arms.
He found that skin from a different donor usually caused the procedure to fail, observing the immune response that his successors would come to recognize as transplant rejection.
Early 1900s: European doctors attempted to save patients dying of renal failure by transplanting kidneys from various animals, including monkeys, pigs and goats. None of the recipients lived for more than a few days.
1905: Eduard Zirm, an Austrian ophthalmologist, performed the world’s first corneal transplant, restoring the sight of a man who had been blinded in an accident.
1912: Transplant pioneer Alexis Carrell received the Nobel Prize for his work in the field. The French surgeon had developed methods for connecting blood vessels and conducted successful kidney transplants on dogs. He later worked with aviator Charles Lindbergh to invent a device for keeping organs viable outside the body, a precursor to the artificial heart.
1936: Ukrainian doctor Yu Yu Voronoy transplanted the first human kidney, using an organ from a deceased donor. The recipient died shortly thereafter as a result of rejection.
1954: In the late 1940s and early 1950s, a team of doctors at Boston’s Peter Bent Brigham Hospital carried out a series of human kidney grafts, some of which functioned for days or even months. In 1954 the surgeons transplanted a kidney from 23-year-old Ronald Herrick into his twin brother Richard; since donor and recipient were genetically identical, the procedure succeeded.
1960: British immunologist Peter Medawar, who had studied immunosuppression’s role in transplant failures, received the Nobel Prize for his discovery of acquired immune tolerance. Soon after, anti-rejection drugs enabled patients to receive organs from non-identical donors.
1960s: The first successful lung, pancreas and liver transplants took place.
In 1967, the world marveled when South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard replaced the diseased heart of dentist Louis Washkansky with that of a young accident victim. Although immunosuppressive drugs prevented rejection, Washkansky died of pneumonia 18 days later.
1984: As transplants became less risky and more prevalent, the U.S. Congress passed the National Organ Transplant Act to monitor ethical issues and address the country’s organ shortage.
The law established a centralized registry for organ matching and placement while outlawing the sale of human organs. More than 100,000 people are currently on the national waiting list.
2005: Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital pioneered the “domino chain” method of matching donors and recipients.
Willing donors who are genetically incompatible with their chosen recipients are matched with strangers; in return, their loved ones receive organs from other donors in the pool.
2010: Spanish doctors conducted the world’s first full face transplant on a man injured in a shooting accident.
A number of partial face transplants had already taken place around the world.
via Organ Transplants: A Brief History — History in the Headlines.

Discovering the Human Body: Pioneers of Dissection.

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Dissection hasn’t always been easy, or even permitted: Roman law forbade autopsy, meaning that Galen gained most of his anatomical knowledge from dissecting the corpses of pigs and apes, assuming that the underlying structures were broadly similar.
Islam and Christianity had fewer proscriptions on the treatment of cadavers.
Vesalius began dissection in earnest in Padua in the 16th century.

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It was his student, the Englishman William Harvey, who in 1628 made a breakthrough in discovering the function of the heart.
via Getting all cut up about it | Wellcome Collection blog.

Freckles like Veils of Stars.

People have always been Fritz Liedtke’s favorite subjects.
He was out to dinner several years ago when he was taken with one of his dining companions, a woman with “amazing freckles.”
Liedtke asked if he could take her photograph, which he did under the light of a neon sign in front of the restaurant.
“It was one of the most beautiful photographs I had taken all year,” he says of the moment that launched him on a search for more freckled faces to photograph.
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Portrait of a woman with freckles
Liedtke is interested in making beautiful images, and for him, freckles are beautiful.
But, as we all know, beauty is subjective. Look up the word “freckle” in the thesaurus and you will get one or two sweet-sounding words in the list of synonyms, like “beauty mark” and “daisy.”
But the majority are not sweet, such as “flaw,” “blotch,” and “mark.”
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Portrait of a little girl with freckles
As Liedtke began talking with and photographing more friends and acquaintances who shared this prominent feature, he wasn’t surprised to discover that many held deep-rooted beliefs about this feature he found so captivating.
One loved her freckles, recalling them being referred to by her parents as “angel kisses.”
Another remembered as a child being asked by her grandmother to wash up for dinner after playing outside, then crying when her grandmother asked her to go wash again, having mistaken her freckles for dirt.
Read on via Freckles Like Veils of Stars | PROOF.

Dissected Heads by Jacques-Fabien Gautier d’Agoty, France.

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Credit: Wellcome Library, London
Two dissected heads seated on sacking. Dissections by P.Tarin.
Coloured Mezzotint 1748 by Jacques-Fabien Gautier d’Agoty
From: Anatomie de la tete
Published: Gautier etc.Paris 1748