These Things Were Used In Hospitals And Not Torture Cells; We Kid You Not

by
Zohaib Ahmed
Medical science has come a long way in the past 100 years.

Medical science has come a long way in the past 100 years.

While we're grateful that it's now far more effective and able to cure ailments it couldn't before, the one thing that really allows us to breathe a sigh of relief is that doctors have upgraded their tools.

Check out some of the equipment they used in the past. Would any of you be open to being operated on with these things?

Iron Lungs

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When the polio vaccine didn't exist, patients were locked inside these iron lungs which helped their breathing. The kid in the image looks happy, but it must've been his first day in this machine. Once locked inside, patients couldn't get out for week.

Tanning Babies

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People today are used to taking pills for vitamin D deficiency that causes ricketts, but it wasn't always like that. Patients were artificially tanned back in the day, and that's what's happening here.

Plague Doctors

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Plague doctors' lashings and not medicine treated plagues up until a few centuries ago in parts of the world.

Stricture Divulsor

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This used to go up male urethra to open up the flow of urine.

Tonsil Guillotine

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This used to go down the throats of patients with Tonsillitis so they wouldn't bite the doctor's hands.

Artificial Leech

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This here is a blood sucking device whose rotating blades would create an opening on the patient's skin before the pump behind it would take the blood out.

Hemorrhoid Forceps

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It did to external hemorrhoids what people don't even do to grapes. Let's just say there is a lot of crushing involved.

Early Plastic Surgery

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Plastic surgery is a fairly recent thing. Before that the best the surgeons could do is fit their patients with fake plastic masks that would simply hide the affected part.

Early Wheelchairs

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No this poor girl hasn't been sentenced to death by choking. It's her wheel chair.

The Utica Crib

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This crib should've been more appropriately titled The Utica Cage because it was used to lock mental patients. This is before they found it inhumane and came up with restraints, straitjackets and padded rooms.

Dental Screw Forceps

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Dentists used these to drill down into their patients' tooth. Mind you, there was no anesthesia when they were used, so we don't even want to imagine what the experience would've been like.

Heroin And Cocaine Cough Syrup

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There was a time when heroin and cocaine were given to patients as pain killers. A fiend's dream it must've been.

Early Prosthetics

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Prosthetic limbs are very lifelike these days, but before they looked like something out of a steampunk world.

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