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10 Horrifying Medical Procedures Doctors Actually Practiced In The 19th Century

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.