Chest 75; Wing of Fire

1 Jul



Chest 75; Wing of Fire

The person whose X-ray appears here was unfortunate enough to have an autoimmune condition – Wegener’s Syndrome. The name itself is disapproved of. Wegener who described the condition in 1936 was known to be a follower of the Nazi regime. He worked close to the genocide machinery at Lodz, was wanted by the Polish authorities, and investigated by the UN War Crimes Commission. There is a strong move to change the name.

This is a disfiguring vasculitis affecting nose and mouth, kidneys, lungs. Before introduction of steroid treatment it was universally fatal within months. After that cyclophosphamide treatment was a major breakthrough giving an average five year survival, though treatment can still be problematic.

The X-ray image here is broken into several components which do not overlap exactly. The outlines break up like molten lead spilled on the ground. It overlies a pine forest through which the colours of a spirit-like shape can be seen flowing to the foreground. At the front the sun breaks through the shadows highlighting the pine needles over the region of the heart. 

5 Responses to “Chest 75; Wing of Fire”

  1. rabirius July 6, 2013 at 2:19 am #


    • Xraypics July 7, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

      You are very kind, thanks for stopping by. Tony

  2. MikeP July 7, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Horrible past… but very inviting comp…. I see a flower garden in Venice or Paris.

    • Xraypics July 7, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

      Thanks for the comment Mike, I am always fascinated by people’s interpretation of the images. Tony

  3. t smith knowles July 15, 2013 at 3:25 am #

    it is hard to read the stories of the individuals and their struggle with disease…however…you transform their suffering into beautiful works of art…awe inspiring…

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