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Medical Devices From The Early 1900s Were Absolutely Terrifying 

Amanda Sedlak-Hevener
Updated July 26, 2019 319.5k views 21 items

Old medical devices obviously served important functions, but their primitive, industrial designs suggest that they 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.

Boy In A Hydrotherapy Ta... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Medical Devices From The Early 1900s Were Absolutely Terrifying
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Boy In A Hydrotherapy Tank, 1950s
Man In A Hydro-Electric ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Medical Devices From The Early 1900s Were Absolutely Terrifying
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Man In A Hydro-Electric Bath, 1910
Boy In A Wheelchair, 191... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Medical Devices From The Early 1900s Were Absolutely Terrifying
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Boy In A Wheelchair, 1915
Boy In An Iron Lung, 194... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Medical Devices From The Early 1900s Were Absolutely Terrifying
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Boy In An Iron Lung, 1945