These 15 Vintage Medical Photos Will Make You Glad You’re Living in the 21st Century

 

These 15 Vintage Medical Photos Will Make You Glad You’re Living in the 21st Century

A visit to the doctor can be an anxiety-ridden event. Your doctor may poke, prod and listen to various parts of your body, and you are likely to be sitting awkwardly on the edge of a paper-lined table while waiting for the diagnosis. While none of this is particularly pleasant, modern medicine has become a lot more comfortable than it was in the past.

These 15 Vintage Medical Photos Will Make You Glad Youre Living in the 21st Century

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1. One Night Cough Syrup promised to kick your cough with a special blend of alcohol, morphine, cannabis and chloroform.

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2. Doctors have been performing surgery for centuries, but you may have had little more than a stiff shot of whisky or a nice dose of ether or chloroform before people started cutting into you.
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3. Icy cold containment baths were just one of the brutal treatments to which psychiatric patients were subjected.
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4. These babies were set to bake under sunlamps to get the vitamin D they needed.
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5. Male doctors created this handy-dandy anatomical model of a female to simplify touch-free treatment.
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6. Collapsing the lungs was once believed to stop TB in its tracks.
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7. This handy radioactive water treatment promised not only to cure your headaches, constipation and gout but also to last a lifetime. They just don’t tell you that your lifetime may be severely truncated by using it.
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8. This radiation technologist’s uniform is enough to scare anyone back to health.
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9. Artificial limbs have come a long way.
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10. Who needs a dentist when you have cocaine toothache drops?
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11. Too much soda can be bad for you, but Coke was once sold as a brain tonic.
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12. Scoliosis treatment was not for the faint at heart.
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13. Physiotherapy made you feel boxed in.
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14. Early defibrillators looked more like old radios than life-saving devices.
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15. Invalid chairs were the precursors of modern wheelchairs but not nearly so easy to use.
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