Weird History Medical Devices From The Early 1900s Were Absolutely Terrifying  

Amanda Sedlak-Hevener
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Old medical devices obviously served important functions, but their primitive, industrial designs look like said functions were more harmful than helpful. Everything from x-ray machines to cancer treatment devices resembled forms of torture, suggesting patients from the olden days came from sterner stuff. When captured in the grainy medium that was 20th century emerging photography, things like the iron lung appear straight out of a mad scientist's secret lair. Given the awful medical practices used throughout history to "treat" diseases, who's even surprised that people back then didn't care their old-fashioned medical treatments look discarded Saw props? Old-fashioned medical treatments from the late 19th century and early 20th century, when captured on film, truly appear dated compared to today's medical advancements.

Woman Undergoing Freckle Removal, 1930s


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Boy In A Wheelchair, 1915


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Woman In A Portable Iron Lung, 1940s


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Boy In An Iron Lung, 1945


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