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15 Stunning Photos of Rudimentary Medical Treatments Throughout History

March 23, 2017 4.5k votes 605 voters 32k views15 items

List RulesVote up the very last treatments or ailments you would want near your body.

A look through the pages of medical history brings about some horrifying revelations, followed by a rush of gratitude that you live in this time of amazing medical advancements. Back in the day, doctors could recommend you a tapeworm diet, a la Kelly Kapoor, and lobotomies were seen as treatments instead of torture. In an era where medical advancements grow alongside the fast pace of technology itself, count yourself lucky you aren't one of the subjects in the photos below. Keep in mind, some of these patients received care that was, at the time, considered state-of-the-art. 

So, relax knowing how far medicine has come. But don't get too cozy; it's still hard out here.

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    1917: Early Example Of Plastic Surgery

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      1918: Facial Prosthetic Pieces For Scarred Veterans

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        1890: A Scalping Survivor

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          1901: Medical Students At A Lecture

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