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18 Vintage Medical Procedure Photos That Show How Hospitals Worked Before Technology

There’s a reason that doctor and medical professionals call it “practicing medicine”. They continue practicing different ways to treat different illness, diseases, disorder, etc. Sometimes they work out well and other times, not so much.

Here are some medical equipment and procedures that have been invented and used over time. Luckily, none (that I know of) is still being used today.

18 Vintage Medical Procedure Photos That Show How Hospitals Worked Before Technology
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1. Tanning babies at the Chicago Orphan Asylum, 1925, to offset winter rickets.

18 Vintage Medical Procedure Photos That Show How Hospitals Worked Before Technology
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2. Walter Reed physiotherapy store 1920′s.

18 Vintage Medical Procedure Photos That Show How Hospitals Worked Before Technology
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3. Obstetric phantom designed to teach medical students about childbirth Italy 1700-1800.

18 Vintage Medical Procedure Photos That Show How Hospitals Worked Before Technology
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4. An embarrassed women with an artificial leg c. 1890 – 1900

18 Vintage Medical Procedure Photos That Show How Hospitals Worked Before Technology
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5. US Civil War surgeon’s kit

18 Vintage Medical Procedure Photos That Show How Hospitals Worked Before Technology
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6. Dr. Clark’s Spinal Apparatus advertisement, 1878

18 Vintage Medical Procedure Photos That Show How Hospitals Worked Before Technology
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7. Lewis Sayre’s scoliosis treatment

18 Vintage Medical Procedure Photos That Show How Hospitals Worked Before Technology
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8. Antique birthing chair used until the 1800s

18 Vintage Medical Procedure Photos That Show How Hospitals Worked Before Technology
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9. Amongst of 1st surgical procedures using ether as an anaesthetic, 1855 – 1860.

18 Vintage Medical Procedure Photos That Show How Hospitals Worked Before Technology
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10. Radioactive Water

18 Vintage Medical Procedure Photos That Show How Hospitals Worked Before Technology
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11. Radiology nurse technician, WWI France 1918

18 Vintage Medical Procedure Photos That Show How Hospitals Worked Before Technology
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12. Brain hemorrhage, post-mortem

18 Vintage Medical Procedure Photos That Show How Hospitals Worked Before Technology
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13. A neurological exam with electrical device, c. 1884

18 Vintage Medical Procedure Photos That Show How Hospitals Worked Before Technology
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14. Wooden prosthetic hand, c. 1800

18 Vintage Medical Procedure Photos That Show How Hospitals Worked Before Technology
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15. A collection of items to disguise facial injuries.

18 Vintage Medical Procedure Photos That Show How Hospitals Worked Before Technology
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16. Antique prosthetic leg

18 Vintage Medical Procedure Photos That Show How Hospitals Worked Before Technology
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17. Traditional blood transfusion bottle, England 1978

18 Vintage Medical Procedure Photos That Show How Hospitals Worked Before Technology
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18. Plague masks worn by doctors. The beaks held scented substances.

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It’s hard to believe some of these procedures weren’t even that long ago. The medical industry has surely evolved over the years.

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