The thought of getting sick, visiting a doctor or taking sour medicines is always upsetting. But, we should feel blessed to be in 21st century where medical treatment has advanced so much. Here are some old pictures of patients and doctors and medical practices that will make you kneel down and thank God you are part of the 21st century.
Lewis Sayre, the famous surgeon, used to follow this weird way to correct the curvature of spine in the 19th century.
This is how scoliosis patients were treated.
A prosthetic leg.
I am not sure whether it helped people to walk or made it even more difficult for them.
Wooden prosthetic hand(1800).
Tanning babies to cure winter rickets.
This picture is from 1925 and was taken at Chicago Orphan Asylum.
Facial prosthesis to hide injuries. (20th century)
Spinal Apparatus advertisement in 1878.
Invented by Dr Clark, this apparatus doesn’t look very comfortable.
Walter Reed’s technique of physiotherapy (1920)
Thank god, I was born in the 21st century!
A neurological exam with an electrical device in 1884.
Those are patients wrapped in sheets.
Doctors wore these masks during the plague.
The beaks of these masks were filled with lavender and other strong smelling substances.
In the 19th century, ether was used in surgeries as an anesthetic.
In ancient times, doctors were not allowed to touch a woman’s body. They used points on these models to describe pain locations.
An obstetric model from the 18th century.
This was used in the 18th century to help students learn about childbirth. This model is from an Italian medical school.
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