Chest 70; Ageless

5 Jun



The base photo for this picture was taken on a walk through an ancient forest in Outback Australia, big old river gums on every side scarred and burned from countless fires and floods. It was paired with a very old lady with bronchopneumonia. Pneumonia used to be known as the “old man’s friend” because it carried them off quickly and painlessly. These days, however, most pneumonia is treatable with antibiotics and general medical support, and people die of other things. My mother trained as a nurse just before World War II and a quiet section of the hospital ward was kept aside for patients with pneumonia who they knew were going to die. She remembers the introduction of penicillin and the way it was given to patients in miniscule doses, nevertheless those that had been given up to die of their pneumonia miraculously recovered and went home rejoicing. It was the “magic bullet”.

6 Responses to “Chest 70; Ageless”

  1. Anita C. Miller June 6, 2013 at 12:33 am #

    I definitely feel the hopeless and hopeful feelings coming through the image… and pairing this with the story is wonderful.

    • Xraypics June 12, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

      Hi, Anita, thankyou for your comment and for visiting the blog. I love it when people interpret the images because I often find things out about them that i didn;t know. Tony

  2. Mark June 12, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    An interesting perspective you have. And interesting about the ‘Old Man’s friend’.

    • Xraypics June 12, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

      Hi, Mark. Thanks for visiting, and for your interest.Even when I started work in that field over 40 years ago people regarded death as a painful distressing phase to be endured. Hence so many gravestones saying “at peace at last”. So a swift painless demise from pneumonia was a blessing. No longer however the case and all has changed. Tony

  3. rabirius June 18, 2013 at 5:35 am #

    The picture really looks stunning!

    • Xraypics June 18, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

      Many thanks for visiting and your comment. It was one i really enjoyed doing. For a change it has quite a lot of my own drawing into it, so that influences the outcome a bit. So glad you enjoyed it. Tony

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