What is This?

A simple trip to the hospital. A grand total of 4 hours. A few thoughts to share. Or so I thought. I started to write my little post and 5 single-spaced Word document pages later, I realized I was not writing a post, I was writing a thesis.

It appears I have a lot to say about health care in China, but who wants to read 5+ pages?! I’ve got some editing and rewriting to do! Most of my posts here are written off the cuff. I write, I post. This subject, however, has obviously stirred something in me. Let’s see if I can write a concise and cogent post that will appeal to more than just grad students in health policy class!

In the meantime, does anyone know what this device is?


To me it looks like a motorcycle helmet with a tube coming out the back. Inside the “helmet” there is a small silver disc.


A Chinese friend read the characters on the side of the machine and told me they said something about “death” but she was unsure of the actual meaning of the characters all together. Anyone? I’m dying of curiosity!

More on health, coming soon.


6 Responses to “What is This?”

  1. Derrick Says:

    got a photo of the characters? i’d like to read them..

  2. global gal Says:

    I was afraid someone was going to ask this… I don’t and I am kicking myself for not thinking of it! I stared right at it and wondered how I could get someone to translate it for me, with my mobile phone (with camera) in my hand. Doh!

  3. Al Says:

    Suck brains through cranium to insitgate a state of death.

  4. Suzie Says:

    My best guess is a sanitary vomit bucket.. THink of the sink you spit into at the dentist’s office, your spit gets sucked down the tube-drain. I think it’s the same general idea, just chunkier =)

  5. global gal Says:

    Al – Yikes! I hope not!

    Suzie – Hmm. That’s a plausible idea, but the inside of the helmet like device is fabric. Seems like it would be hard to clean.

  6. Mr Ian Says:

    The inscription means:
    The curiousity of this thing will kill you trying to find out.

    Oter suggestions:

    Piped music helmet – place on patients head and plug in i-pod: alt variation: blonde life support – inside the speakers gently murmur.. “breathe in.. breathe out… breathe in..”

    Shit fountain: Not knowing what to do with all the shit flying around, someone on night shift created this wonderful head-pan. Once full of runny shite; place on head of obnoxious patient and watch the shit squirt out the top.


    It’s Workplace Health & Safety headwear for the surgeon to wear as he is frequently known to pass out at the sight of blood.

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