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August 20, 2017

20 Weird And Terrifying Medical Instruments From the Past That Make You Shudder

In the history of medicine, machines became crucial parts of the diagnostic and treatment process in the first half of the 20th century. Scientists and doctors experimented with some really strange devices, and they developed a lot of creepy-looking health equipment—at least some of which seems almost horrific, seen through the eyes of today. Look at the stuff people jammed in other people!

1. Measuring the brainwaves, 1940.

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2. 1955: A portable respirator, or iron lung, designed to enable patients to recuperate at home.

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3. 1960: Dr G. H. Byford stands under an optokinetic drum wearing a contact lens with a miniature lamp cemented to the lens, during an experiment to investigate the reflex movements of the eyes and their association with visual illusions, at the RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine in Farnborough.

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4. 1960: A wire suit designed to measure body temperatures while researching the physiological effects of high speed and space travel.

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5. 1955: A rotating cobalt machine swinging around the body of a patient, attacking cancerous tumors.

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6. A physician adjusts the beam path of the 2,000,000 volt Deep Therapy X-Ray Machine used to treat cancer at the Francis Delafield Hospital in New York City.

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7. Large-sized eye models, moved by two small motors, developed by aero medical researchers.

(Image: Otis Historical Archives – National Museum of Health and Medicine)


9. Winston Churchill’s personal pressure chamber, created to enable him to make high-altitude flights safely.

(Image: Life, 10 Feb 1947)

10. Three plastic humanoid shells, filled with sodium chloride solution, used for measuring radioactivity.

(Image: Health Physics/IHM)

11. Bergonic chair for giving general electric treatment for psychological effect, in psycho-neurotic cases. (World War One era)

(Image: National Museum of Health and Medicine)

12. Roentgen steed, designed to hold children as they sit for chest X-rays, 1957.

(Image: Images from the History of Medicine)

13. This old man is sitting in a machine that is used to stimulate blood circulation in the legs.

(Image: C. Huber/WHO/Images from the History of Medicine)

14. Los Alamos chemist, Wright H. Langham with Plastic Man, used to simulate human radiation exposures, 1959.

(Image: Los Alamos National Laboratory)

15. Electro-retinogram: apparatus devised to measure the electric potential of the retina.

(Image: Paul Almasy/WHO/Images from the History of Medicine)

16. Circa 1900: A woman inside an Electric Bath at the Light Care Institute.

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17. The first electrocardiograph, introduced by Cambridge Scientific Instruments.

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18. 1919: A woman wearing a flu mask during the flu epidemic after the First World War.

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19. Children around a radiating glow of ultraviolet light at the Institute of Ray Therapy.

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20. Cobalt "bomb" treatment of a patient at a Paris clinic.

(Image: Népszerű Technika, 1959 április)

(via Gizmodo)



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