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 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 Tank, 1950s

Boy In A Hydrotherapy Tank, 19... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Medical Devices From The Early 1900s Were Absolutely Terrifying
Photo: Mennonite Church USA Archives/Wikimedia Commons

Man In A Hydro-Electric Bath, 1910

Man In A Hydro-Electric Bath, ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Medical Devices From The Early 1900s Were Absolutely Terrifying
Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

Boy In A Wheelchair, 1915

Boy In A Wheelchair, 1915 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Medical Devices From The Early 1900s Were Absolutely Terrifying
Photo: Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons

Boy In An Iron Lung, 1945

Boy In An Iron Lung, 1945 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Medical Devices From The Early 1900s Were Absolutely Terrifying
Photo: Conrad Poirier/Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons