We’ve all seen those images. Yes, those images. I’m talking about the nightmare-inducing medical/dental/health care stock photos plastered in the windows of urgent cares, hawking remedies on the side of busses and in subway advertisements, smiling at us maniacally from online health articles, and peppered like a burned piece of tuna throughout every medical website in existence (yes, we’re guilty too #sorrynotsorry).
As a content marketing manager for a leading provider of medical/health care education, I see my fair share of stock photography. I sift through thousands of images in hopes of finding ONE nugget of authenticity; however, to my dismay (but really, my ultimate pleasure) I tend to run into photo after photo that defies explanation and simply should not exist.
So it’s with my great honor to share with you the 20 best of the worst medical stock photos: volume 1. These are real, folks, I didn’t make any of this up. Well, except for the witty captions. Enjoy!
It’s the final countdown…
I wish everyone stared at me like this as they ate their apples.
Mmmm… A hand sandwich.
“We’re short staffed today! HAHA!”
He’ll… iron… out that heart problem. *stifled laughter*
New advancements in medical technology!
When your charge nurse asks if you want to leave early, you’re like…
“Shhh… It’ll all be over soon…”
“The issue with your heart, Mr. Johnson, is that it’s literally in my hands.”
I have no words for this one. No words.
I don’t think any of these people were at the same photo shoot.
“I feel so vulnerable.”
“Yes, I’m sure it’s genetic.”
The actual stock photo caption was: “Dr. Bad News”
What exactly is going on here?
Someone has some explaining to do…
Why is she so happy?
If that wasn’t a toothbrush it’d obviously be positive.
And why, why, why does this picture exist?
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