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Stiffs, Skulls & Skeletons:
Medical Photography
and Symbolism

Stanley B. Burns, MD
Elizabeth A. Burns
Now Available.
February 2015: Hot off the presses!

This intriguing and comprehensive exploration of the skeleton and the dead body includes more than 450
rare photographs.
Size: 12 inches x 12 inches | 450 photos | 328 pp
ISBN13: 978-0-7643-4746-7 | Binding:Hard Cover

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY SERIES

SLEEPING BEAUTY II

Grief, Bereavement and The Family in Memorial Photography; American and European Traditions

$85

SLEEPING BEAUTY II: Grief, Bereavement and The Family in Memorial Photography; American and European Traditions
MIRROR MIRROR COVER

186 Pages, Hardcover
12.5 x 9.25 inches
2002

This volume expands the history of early postmortem and memorial photography, and continues the exploration of the subject to the present day. Family bonds, grief and mourning, the differences between American and European postmortem photography, and the artistry of posthumous mourning photographs are examined using 140 never before seen images from the Burns Archive.

Stanley B. Burns, MD
ISBN: 0-9612958-3-X

SLEEPING BEAUTY III: MEMORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY: THE CHILDREN
SLEEPING BEAUTY 3
136 Pages, Hardcover
6.75 x 6 inches
2011

Stanley B. Burns, MD
ISBN: 978-1-936002-04-7

Used as a reference for bereavement organizations, photographers, hospital staff, and parents engaged in renewing the practice of memorial photography, this compilation of over 125 post-mortem photographs documents images from photography's earliest era (1840s) up to the present. The historic images are classic representations of American and European memorial cultural traditions. The modern photographs document contemporary practices of bereavement and memorialization.

SLEEPING BEAUTY III

Memorial Photography, The Children

$36

SLEEPING BEAUTY

Memorial Photography in America

First Printing

$800

SLEEPING BEAUTY: MEMORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN AMERICA, First Printing
MIRROR MIRROR COVER

132 Pages, Hardcover
12.5 x 9.25 inches
1990

Stanley B. Burns, MD
ISBN: 0-942642-32-5
OUT OF PRINT

The first in the 3-book series of memorial images, Sleeping Beauty is coveted for having played a large role in the rediscovery of the normalcy of postmortem photography, the practice of photographing the recently deceased, in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. All images are from the Burns Archive.

SLEEPING BEAUTY: MEMORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN AMERICA
MIRROR MIRROR COVER

132 Pages, Hardcover
12.5 x 9.25 inches
1990

Stanley B. Burns, MD
ISBN: 0-942642-32-5
OUT OF PRINT

The first in the 3-book series of memorial images, Sleeping Beauty is coveted for having played a large role in the rediscovery of the normalcy of postmortem photography, the practice of photographing the recently deceased, in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. All images are from the Burns Archive.

SLEEPING BEAUTY

Memorial Photography in America

Second Printing

$600


SHOOTING SOLDIERS

Civil War Medical Photography By R.B.Bontecou

$40

SHOOTING SOLDIERS: Civil War Medical Photography By R.B. Bontecou
SHOOTING SOLDIERS

168 Pages, Hardcover
6.75 x 6 inches
2011

The photographs in this book were taken by photographer and surgeon Reed B. Bontecou and reveal a new chapter in Civil War history. These beautifully posed photographs were taken as documentation of injuries suffered during the conflict. The faces of these wounded men stare back at us through time. These powerful images were featured in the exhibition Photography and the American Civil War at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

MIRROR MIRROR: The Burns Collection Daguerreotypes
My Image

208 Pages; Hardcover
6.75 x 6 inches
2012

With over 250 daguerreotypes presented in full-color reproductions, Mirror, Mirror illustrates the depth and beauty of the daguerreotype medium; photographs produced on silver. Showcasing a wide range of American, British and French images, their clear distinctions are revealed, making this book an excellent guide for novice collectors as well as a resource for connoisseurs and curators.

MIRROR MIRROR

The Burns Collection Daguerreotypes

$50

NEWS ART

The Manipulated Photographs from The Burns Archive

$50

NEWS ART: The Manipulated Photographs from The Burns Archive
MIRROR MIRROR COVER

128 Pages, Hardcover
11 x 9 inches
2008

Stanley B. Burns, MD
ISBN: 978-1-576874-64-6

This is the first work to document the manipulation of photography in journalism to achieve accurate copy or story emphasis in newspapers. These images from 1900–1960 illustrate photographic enhancement before computers—from simple outlining or airbrushing to complete over-painting. Subjects include crime scenes, world events, social and business personalities, and other assorted news stories.

GEISHA: A Photographic History
MIRROR MIRROR COVER

80 Pages, Hardcover
13 x 10.5 inches
2006

Stanley B. Burns, MD with Elizabeth Burns
ISBN: 978-1-576873366

This book documents the intimate life and culture of the nineteenth-century geisha. It portrays these artists in a cultural reality created by staged studio photography, private scenes, and rare outdoor images. The geisha is pictured performing her daily rituals and various arts—bathing, dressing, hair styling, dining, dancing, and playing instruments. Images of courtesans and other working women are presented alongside the geisha to show all sides of this enchanting aspect of Japanese culture. Completing the story are insightful essays on the history of nineteenth-century Japanese photography, the social history of the geisha, and the history of the opening of Japan.

GEISHA

A Photographic History

$50

DEADLY INTENT

Crime and Punishment- Photographs from The Burns Archive

$160

DEADLY INTENT: Crime and Punishment- Photographs from The Burns Archive

DEADLY INTENT:
Crime and Punishment- Photographs from The Burns Archive

DEADLY INTENT

252 Pages, Hardcover
11.6 x 10.2 inches
2008

Stanley B. Burns, MD
ISBN: 978-1-576874-63-9

This book is divided into four sections, Crime Scenes, Police Action, Punishment and Executions. The compilation of crime scenes gives readers a forensic view, offering entire series of images used by detectives and criminologists from 1890 to 1950. Photographs reveal the evolving standards of the American criminal justice system, from water torture at Sing Sing prison, whipping posts, penitentiary life, and the notorious deadly work camps of the South, to executions: hanging, firing squads, and the electric chair.

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FACE OF MERCY: A Photographic History of Medicine at War

271 Pages, Hardcover
12.4 x 10.4 inches
1993

Matthew Naythons
ISBN: 978-1-9764495-5-2
OUT OF PRINT

This photographic history of medicine during wartime documents the development of military medicine from classical to modern times. With over 230 photographs from around the world, photographers both famous and unknown are represented. Highly recommended for historical and photographic collections as well as medical libraries.

FACE OF MERCY

A Photographic History of Medicine at War

$150

FORGOTTEN MARRIAGE
The Painted Tintype & The Decorative Frame, 1860-1910, A Lost Chapter in American Portraiture
HARDCOVER

$38

FORGOTTEN MARRIAGE
FORGOTTEN MARRIAGE

220 Pages, 12 x 9 inches
1995; Stanley B. Burns, MD
Hardcover
ISBN: 0-9612958-1-3

A thorough survey of the American portrait tradition, folk art and photography, the tintype, hand-colored photography, copy prints and enlargements, and the decorative frame. Documents the spread and democratization of painted portraits. Includes information on collecting, preserving, and evaluating photographic frames, as well as a frame identification guide.

FORGOTTEN MARRIAGE
FORGOTTEN MARRIAGE

220 Pages, 12 x 9 inches
1995; Stanley B. Burns, MD
Softcover
ISBN: 0-9612958-2-1

A thorough survey of the American portrait tradition, folk art and photography, the tintype, hand-colored photography, copy prints and enlargements, and the decorative frame. Documents the spread and democratization of painted portraits. Includes information on collecting, preserving, and evaluating photographic frames, as well as a frame identification guide.

FORGOTTEN MARRIAGE
The Painted Tintype & The Decorative Frame, 1860-1910, A Lost Chapter in American Portraiture
SOFTCOVER

$18

A MORNING’S WORK

Medical Photographs from The Burns Archive & Collection 1843-1939

$125

A MORNING'S WORK: Medical Photographs from The Burns Archive & Collection 1843-1939
SHOOTING SOLDIERS COVER

128 Pages, Hardcover
10.25 x 7.75 inches
1998
OUT OF PRINT
Stanley B. Burns, MD
ISBN: 0-944092-45

This collection of 127 vintage medical photographs from 1843 to 1939 reveals the dark days of medicine before antiseptic procedures were implemented and offers narrative explanations of the photographs and their cultural significance. Includes medical curiosities, mortuary photographs, images of amputations, surgical procedures, disfigurement, and a wide assortment of congenital and acquired diseases. The title “A Morning's Work" is the title of R.B. Bontecou’s photograph of a pile of amputated limbs taken during the Civil War.

MASTERPIECES OF MEDICAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Selections from The Burns Archive
MASTERPIECES OF MEDICAL PHOTOGRAPHY

96 Pages, Hardcover
9.5 x 12.5 inches
1987
OUT OF PRINT
Stanley B. Burns, MD & Joel-Peter Witkin
ISBN: 0-942642-21-X

Edited by and with an introduction by artist Joel-Peter Witkin, this book contains forty-four images, each of a rare medical subject from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century. Examples include Dissected Head in Soup Plate, Young Woman with Elephantiasis from Scarlet Fever, Hospital Gangrene, and Girl with Large Foot Jumping Rope.

MASTERPIECES OF MEDICAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Selections from The Burns Archive

$400

SEEING INSANITY

$40

SEEING INSANITY
SHOOTING SOLDIERS COVER

64 Pages, Hardcover
11.5 x 8.75 inches
2007

Stanley B. Burns, MD
ISBN: 0-9764495-5-2

Seeing Insanity is part of a four-volume photographic history on mental and mood disorders. It is a catalogue for an exhibition of extraordinary photographs of female mental patients from Uruguay’s Manicomio Nacional: Departamento de Mujeres (National Madhouse). Also in this volume are the works of pioneer psychiatric photographer Mathew Brady, and neuropsychiatrists Hugh Welch Diamond, Dietrich Georg Keiser, James Crichton-Browne, and Duchenne de Boulogne. Some of the earliest psychiatric publications with patient photographs are shown with images from The Mind Unveiled, as well as the publications of neuropsychiatrists Theodor Ziehen, Emil Kraepelin, Thomas Stretch Dowse, and others. The photographs of Uruguayan women, the main focus of this volume, offer the modern reader insight into the physiognomy of psychotic patients, and provide visual evidence as to why the photograph was such an article of faith and evidence for nineteenth century practitioners. Admission and discharge photographs further our appreciation of the efforts of our predecessors to help and heal their patients, and provide graphic evidence of the accomplishments of these practitioners.

PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF EARLY PODIATRY: Selections from The Burns Archive
OPHTHALMOLOGY COVER

64 Pages, Hardcover
11.5 x 8.75 inches
2005
Stanley B. Burns, MD
ISBN: 0-9764495-0-1

This is the first photographic atlas to document the visual history of podiatry. The photographs, taken during the establishment of the modern specialty, show the patients that nineteenth and twentieth century foot care specialists encountered. While many of the diseases depicted have now been conquered, the series presents the conditions foot care specialists of the time would routinely have encountered: corns, calluses, foot deformities, infections, cutaneous diseases and diseases caused by ill-fitting footwear. The photographs begin during the Civil War, when the need for foot soldiers focused practitioners’ attention on the feet.

PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF EARLY PODIATRY

Selections from The Burns Archive

$40


FOUR-VOLUME MEDICAL SPECIALTY SERIES

  • NEPHROLOGY - COVER
  • PATIENTS & PROMISE - COVER
  • OPHTHALMOLOGY COVER
  • NEPHROLOGY - COVER
  • ONCOLOGY
  • OPHTHALMOLOGY COVER

Each title in the Medical Specialty Series presents a particular branch of medicine,
tracing its history and development in a four-volume hardcover book series, complete with slipcase.
Printed in limited, numbered quantities.

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  • NEPHROLOGY

    A Photographic History 1840-1950

    $200

    NEPHROLOGY: A Photographic History 1840-1950
    NEPHROLOGY - COVER

    4 Volumes in Slipcase
    256 Pages, Hardcover
    11.5 x 8.75 inches
    2007

    Stanley B. Burns, MD
    ISBN: 978-0-9764495-6-0

    This series a photographic history of nephrology, the branch of medicine that deals with the physiology and diseases of the kidneys. The four volumes include: Pioneers and Educators, Disease and Trauma, Radiology and Surgery, Science and Therapy.

  • PATIENTS AND PROMISE: A Photographic History of Mental & Mood Disorders

    PATIENTS AND PROMISE: A Photographic History of Mental & Mood Disorders

    PATIENTS & PROMISE - COVER

    4 Volumes in Slipcase
    256 Pages, Hardcover
    11.5 x 8.75 inches
    2006

    Stanley B. Burns, MD
    ISBN: 0-9764495-1-X

    This series presents a photographic history of mental and mood disorders. The four volumes include: Hospital Care, Seeing Insanity, Biological Era, and Modern Therapies.

    PATIENTS & PROMISE

    A Photographic History
    of Mental And Mood Disorders

    $200

  • OPHTHALMOLOGY

    A Photographic History 1845-1945

    $200

    OPHTHALMOLOGY: A Photographic History 1845-1945
    OPHTHALMOLOGY COVER

    OPHTHALMOLOGY: A Photographic History 1845-1945

    4 Volumes in Slipcase
    256 Pages, Hardcover
    11.5 x 8.75 inches
    2009

    Stanley B. Burns, MD
    ISBN: 978-1-936002-02-3

    This series presents a photographic history of ophthalmology, the branch of medicine concerned with the study and treatment of disorders and diseases of the eye. The four volume include: Instruments & Technology, Disease & Pathology, Surgery & Therapy

  • SKIN PICTURES: Masterpiece Photographs of Nineteenth Century Dermatology
    NEPHROLOGY - COVER

    4 Volumes in Slipcase
    256 Pages, Hardcover
    11.5 x 8.75 inches
    2005

    Stanley B. Burns, MD
    ISBN: 0-9748688-8-4

    This series presents a photographic history of dermatology, the branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders. The four volumes include: The Face, The Back, The Extremities, and The Torso. Limited to 550 copies.

    SKIN PICTURES

    Masterpiece Photographs of
    Nineteenth Century Dermatology

    $200

  • ONCOLOGY

    Tumors & Treatment A Photogaphic History

    $150

    ONCOLOGY: Tumors & Treatment A Photogaphic History
    ONCOLOGY

    4 Volumes in Slipcase
    256 Pages, Hardcover
    11.5 x 8.75 inches
    2004

    Stanley B. Burns, MD
    ISBN: 978-0974868806

    This series presents a photographic history of oncology, the branch of medicine that deals with the study and treatment of tumors. The four volumes include: The Anesthesia Era 1845-1875, The Antiseptic Era 1876-1900, The X-Ray Era 1901-1915, and The Radium Era 1916-1945.

  • RESPIRATORY DISEASE: A Photographic History 1845-1945
    OPHTHALMOLOGY COVER

    4 Volumes in Slipcase
    256 Pages, Hardcover
    11.5 x 8.75 inches
    2003

    Stanley B. Burns, MD
    ISBN: 0-9612958-4-8

    This series presents a photographic history of respiratory disease. The four volumes include: The Pioneer Era 1845-1870, The Antiseptic Era 1871-1895, The X-Ray Era 1896-1920, and The Serology Era 1921-1945.


    RESPIRATORY DISEASE

    A Photographic History 1845-1945

    $125


AMERICAN MEDICAL PUBLICATION WITH PHOTOGRAPHS

(MONOGRAPH)

$25

AMERICAN MEDICAL PUBLICATION WITH PHOTOGRAPHS (MONOGRAPH)
SHOOTING SOLDIERS COVER

New York State Journal of Medicine

41 Pages, 52 Photographs
8.75 x 11 inches, Pamphlet
1983

This publication gives a general background history of nineteenth century pre- and post-photographic illustration methods, as they apply to medical publications. It also includes a presentation of American medical publications with illustrations that were taken and produced with actual photographs.

CIVIL WAR MEDICAL PHOTOGRAPHY (MONOGRAPH)
CWMP

New York State Journal of Medicine

27 Pages, 42 Photographs
8.75 x 11 inches, Pamphlet
1980

This publication presents a systematic study and overview of Civil War medical photography, including collodion wet-plate process photographs, in particular the paper albumen print and the tintype, as well as daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and carte de visites.

CIVIL WAR MEDICAL PHOTOGRAPHY

(MONOGRAPH)

$25

ROMANCING THE BUG


Photographs by
Alice Lease Dana

$20

ROMANCING THE BUG: Photographs by Alice Lease Dana
MIRROR MIRROR COVER

136 Pages, Hardcover
6 x 6 inches
2011

Foreword by Stanley B. Burns, MD
ISBN: 978-1-936002-07-8

Alice Dana's flower and insect photographs are fresh and colorful images of one of the most basic natural processes for the maintenance of life on earth. Her decades-long interest in gardening and photography led her to capture the beauty and poetry of flowers and the insects that inhabit them.

EARLY MEDICAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN AMERICA: 1839-1883
MIRROR MIRROR COVER

142 Pages, Hardcover
Black&White Hand-Tipped Cover Plate
11.25 x 8.25 inches
1983

Stanley B. Burns, MD
ISBN 0-9612958-0-5

This book contains reprints of articles written by Dr. Burns for the New York State Journal of Medicine on the history of early medical photography. This compilation of information and photographs offers a better understanding of the use of photography by physicians and also greater insight into nineteenth century practitioners, their patients, and their practices. 150 photographic images are reproduced along with sixteen illustrations taken from photographs.

EARLY MEDICAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN AMERICA
1839-1883

$125


UNAVAILABLE BOOKS

PHOTOGRAPHIE ET MÉDECINE
PHOTOGRAPHIE ET MÉDECIN

1991

47 Pages, Paperback
10.75 x 8.5 Inches

ISBN 2-9700002-0-2

Stanley B. Burns, MD
Jacques Gasser



HARMS WAY: lust & madness, murder & mayhem
HARMS WAY

1994

132 Pages, Hardcover
11.5 x 8.75 Inches

ISBN 0-944092-28-4

Joel-Peter Witkin, et al

Harms Way brings together four unusual collections. Edited and with an introduction by artist Joel-Peter Witkin, the book includes turn of the century crime scene photographs, nineteenth century asylum inmate portraits with calligraphic annotations detailing the patients' diagnoses, nineteenth century medical photographs from the Burns Archive, and a selection of images from the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research. The ability of the photograph to show us our powerlessness in the face of madness, lust, disease, and death, survives in these brittle and arresting images.

AMERICAN SURGERY: An Illustrated History
AMERICAN DENTIST

1998

638 Pages, Hardcover
12 x 9 Inches

Ira Rutkow, MD

Photo historian Dr. Stanley B. Burns provided photographs and captions to accompany the text written by Ira Rutkow. This volume is a masterful textual and pictorial history of the evolution of American surgery. These physicians and historians draw on their experience to provide an enlightening account of the development of surgery in the context of American social, economic, and political history. Interspersed with the narrative is an extraordinary collection of medical photographs from the Burns Archive, many of which have never before been published. The first section chronicles the history of American surgery from Native American practices and colonial times to the present. Particular attention is given to the professionalization and specialization of surgery, as well as to the influence of wars, technological advances, and other pivotal events on the profession. The second section details the history of specific surgical specialties. More than 1,000 biographical accounts of famous surgeons are deftly woven into the narrative.

ISBN 0-944092-28-4

The American Dentist
AMERICAN DENTIST

194 Pages, Hardcover
11.5 x 8.75 Inches

1990

R. Glenner, DDS
& A. Davis, PhD

ISBN 0-929521-05-6

This pictorial book presents a social, historical account of American dentists from their roots in the colonial period to the later 20th century. Includes how dentists learned their craft and improvised in periods of distress, when lacking instruments and equipment.