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"if we doctors threw all our medicines into the sea, it would be that much better for our patients and that much worse for the fishes." Oliver Wendell Holmes, M.D.

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Radium Toothpaste. Germany. On the back of the product’s tube it stated that ‘radioactive radiation increases the defenses of teeth and gums… cells are loaded with new life energy, the destroying effect of bacteria is hindered… it gently polishes the dental enamel and turns it white and shiny.’

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In both Africa and South America, large army ants are used as surgical sutures. The wound is pulled together, and the ant grabs the edges of the wound with its mandible. Then, the body is cut off from the head of the ant. The head stays attached to the wound as a suture until the wound is healed. This gives me the shivers but look how nice that stitch is.

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Roman surgical instruments found at Pompeii

Medicine in ancient Rome

Roman surgical instruments found at Pompeii

Mask used for radium treatment of cancer of the head & neck. These masks were used in the 1920’s & were custom made for each patient.

Mask for radium treatment for cancer of the face and neck... 1920s.

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Blood Transfusion (late 1800's)
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Blood Transfusion (late 1800's)

Complete female remedy  They purify blood & tone the nerves  Dr, Kilmer & Co, Binghamton, N.Y.

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Dr. Eugène Doyen wearing a sterile dress. Dr. Doyen (1859 – 1916) was a French surgeon who introduced several surgical techniques and medical instruments, and was a pioneer in the use of electrosurgery and electrocoagulation.

Sutured Infection

An appreciative and varied trove of things historical, medical, and unusual.

An illustration demonstrating the surgical instruments used for trephining. By Nicolas Henri Jacob from 'Traité complet de l'anatomie de l'homme' by Marc Jean Bourgery, 1831.

An illustration demonstrating the surgical instruments used for trephining. By Nicolas Henri Jacob from 'Traité complet de l'anatomie de l'homme' by Marc Jean Bourgery, 1831.

Radiology Nurse Technician dressed in protective gear, WWI France 1918

A Creepy Medical Tour of The Past

A collection of creepy photos from the past.

Estetoscopio Cammann (1860)

Estetoscopio Cammann (1860)

Victorian surgical tools.

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Victorian surgical tools.

This old man is sitting in a machine that is used to stimulate blood circulation in the legs. | www.eklectica.in

22 Strange Medical Instruments From the Past That Make You Shudder

In the history of medicine, machines became crucial parts of the diagnostic and treatment process in the first half of the 20th century. Scientists and doctors experimented with some really strange devices, and they developed a lot of creepy-looking health equipment—at least some of which seems almost horrific, seen through the eyes of today. The following 22 instruments are partly scary, partly weird, and partly awesome—just as inventions should be.

Cross-eyed child with a squinting hood Ophthalmodouleia - das ist Augendienst, (Dresden, 1583) Author: BARTISCH, Georg (c. 1535-1606)

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Here you can read about and look at pictures of old and rare books within a wide range of biomedical subjects.

From a Middle Ages manual on how to care for the sick. c. 1440.

5 How-To Manuals from the Middle Ages

From dying to being a king, these manuals had people in the Middle Ages covered.