The 19th century is known for many things, including the reign of Britain's Queen Victoria and the US Civil War. Coming on the heels of the Enlightenment and firmly encapsulating the Industrial Revolution, the 19th century saw the advent of many new innovations, some of which affected the now-discredited practices that were common during this period. These gruesome medical practices from the 1800s included everything from the ingestion of toxic substances to the application of leeches for bloodletting.
They Drilled Holes In Skulls To Improve General Health
They Took Mercury To Treat STDs
They Gave Babies Sedative Cocktails
They Drained Blood In Order To Balance The Body Out
Surgery And Amputations Were Carried Out Without Anesthesia
Lobotomies Were Commonly Administered For Psychiatric Patients