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Gynecological Gymnastics from Outer Space

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A set of rather uncanny diagrams from Die Heilgymnastik in der Gynaekologie: und die mechanische Behandlung von Erkrankungen des Uterus und seiner Adnexe nach Thure Brandt (1895), translated from German as “The physiotherapy in gynecology and the mechanical treatment of diseases of the uterus and its appendages by Thure Brandt”. As the title implies the gynecological exercises are based on those invented by the Swedish obstetrician and gynecologist, Thure Brandt (1819-1895).

Brandt began treating women in 1861, combining massage, stretching, and general exercise as a form of treating gynecological conditions. After his methods were examined in Jena by German gynecologists in 1886, they became widely used in Europe. The images in this particular text are eye-catching today less for the gynecological technique they depict but more the bizarre similarity between the rakishly thin figures employed in demonstrating the exercises (no doubt an attempt to de-sexualise the images) and the figure of the so-called “Grey Alien” - thin body, huge head, large eyes - which wouldn’t hit popular consciousness for another 65 years.

Gynecological Gymnastics from Outer Space - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Gynecological Gymnastics from Outer Space - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Gynecological Gymnastics from Outer Space - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Gynecological Gymnastics from Outer Space - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Gynecological Gymnastics from Outer Space - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Gynecological Gymnastics from Outer Space - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Gynecological Gymnastics from Outer Space - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Gynecological Gymnastics from Outer Space - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Gynecological Gymnastics from Outer Space - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Gynecological Gymnastics from Outer Space - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Gynecological Gymnastics from Outer Space - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Gynecological Gymnastics from Outer Space - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
Arborglyphs - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Arborglyphs
Tephra - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Tephra
Out-of-place Artifact - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Out-of-place Artifact
Anechoic Chamber - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Anechoic Chamber
Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic
Tooth Universal Numbering System - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Tooth Universal Numbering System
Systema Naturae - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Systema Naturae
Armoured Presidential Limousine - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Armoured Presidential Limousine
Olmec Colossal Heads - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Olmec Colossal Heads
Demon Core - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Demon Core
San Siro - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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San Siro
Out-Of-Body Experience - © Attention Deficit Disorder Prosthetic Memory Program
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Out-Of-Body Experience

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