CREEPY OLD MEDICAL PICTURES

The look and function of some of this stuff might just give you the willies, but then again, what do you think a doctor from 100 years from now will say about the stuff we use?

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Dr. Clark's Spinal Apparatus advertisement, 1878.


Neurological exam with electrical device, c. 1884.


Antique prosthetic leg.


US Civil War surgeon's kit.


"Walter Reed physiotherapy store" 1920's.


Boy in rolling "invalid cart" c. 1915.


Obstetric phantom, Italy 1700-1800. Tool to teach medical students and midwives about childbirth.


Radithor, the radioactive cure-all. It was produced by a company run by Dr. William J. A. Bailey, a college drop-out who was actually not a doctor and, according to The Wall Street Journal, the medicine poisoned a wealthy American socialite and athlete who was fine until "his jaw came off."


Lewis Sayre's scoliosis treatment.


Claude Beck's early defibulator.


Antique birthing chair used until the 1800s.


Anatomical Model. Doctors were not allowed to touch the women's bodies, so they would point to describe pain locations.


Radiology nurse technician, WWI France 1918.


1855 - 1860. One of first surgical procedures using ether as an anesthetic.


Masks worn by doctors during the Plague. The beaks held scented substances.


Brain hemorrhage, post-mortem.


Corset damage to a ribcage. 19th century London.


Dr. Kilmer's Female Remedy.  Today, of course, modern medicine knows there is no remedy.


Tanning babies at the Chicago Orphan Asylum, 1925, to offset winter rickets.


Woman with an artificial leg, too embarrassed to show her face c. 1890 - 1900.


Wooden prosthetic hand, c. 1800.


Selection of some items used to disguise facial injuries. Early plastic surgery.


Blood transfusion bottle, England 1978.


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