As the medical profession grew and developed throughout time, scientists came up with hundreds of absurd ways to treat our ailments. Some were successful, but others, not so much. Below are some of the medical equipment and procedures that were tried and tested throughout the decades. A Redditor shared this eery gallery online.
Thank God the field of medicine has progressed over the years…
1.) Tanning babies to offset winter rickets in the Chicago Orphan Asylum (1925).
2.) A Walter Reed physiotherapy (1920s).
3.) An obstetric model used to help students learn about childbirth in an Italian medical school (1700-1800).
4.) A shy woman and her full artificial leg (1890-1900).
5.) A field kit for a Civil War surgeon (1860s).
6.) Dr. Clark’s Spinal Apparatus advertisement (1878)
7.) Lewis Sayre’s scoliosis treatment (1850-1900).
8.) Antique birthing chair (1800s).
9.) Early surgical procedure using ether as an anesthetic (1855-1860).
10.) Radioactive water (1900s).
11.) Radiology nurse technician in WWI France (1918).
12.) Post-mortem brain hemorrhage.
13.) A neurological exam with electrical device (1884).
14.) Wooden prosthetic hand (1800).
15.) A collection of facial prosthetics to hide injuries (1900s).
16.) An antique prosthetic leg.
17.) Traditional blood transfusion bottle from England (1978).
18.) Doctors wearing plague doctor masks, whose beaks were filled with strong smelling substances like lavender (1600s+).
I will not sleep tonight after seeing those plague masks. If I were sick and dying of the Bubonic plague, those are the last things I’d EVER want to see.
History can be bizarre, why not share it with others.