The Medical Stuff Used in the Past Will Give You the Willies
US Civil War Surgeon’s kit.
Walter Reed Physiotherapy Store, 1920s
Obstetric Phantom, Italy, 1700 - 1800. Tool to teach medical students and midwives about childbirth.
Radithor, the radioactive cure-all. It was produced by a company run by Dr. William J.A. Bailey, a college dropout who was actually not a doctor and, according to the Wall Street Journal, the medicine poisoned a wealthy American socialite and athlete who was fine until “his jaw came off.”
Claude Beck’s early defibrillator.
Antique birthing chair used until the 1800s.
Anatomical model. Doctors were not allowed to touch the women’s bodies, so they would point to describe pain locations.
Masks worn by doctors during the plague. The beaks held scented substances.
Dr. Kilmer’s Female Remedy. Today, of course, modern medicine knows there is no remedy.
Wooden prosthetic hand, c. 1800
Early plastic surgery. Selection of some items used to disguise facial injuries.
And here are some photos of medical students posing with cadavers…