In the 21st century, it’s hard to imagine a time where healthcare didn’t involve X-Rays, lasers and other modern technology. But before the 20th century, there were a lot of disturbing things that occurred in the medical field. Take a look at these 10 disturbing images of what medicine looked like before our time. WARNING: These pics are a little graphic.
1. TRIPLE AMPUTEE
This man was crushed by a railroad car carrying building materials. As a result, he needed to have both of his legs and one of his arms amputated. He was the second successful triple amputee in American history.
2. BLANCHE DUMAS
Blanche Dumas was born with some extra body parts. She had three legs, four breasts and two vaginas. We’re sure she drew a lot of attention from men.
This rare birth defect prevents the two eye sockets from separately so they fuse into one. Most babies do not survive with this disease for more than a couple of hours.
This condition causes parts of a human’s body to swell to massive proportions. This man asked doctors to amputate his legs. Instead they tried an experimental surgery to remove the extra tissue. However, five months later he died.
5. BILATERAL HYPERTROPHY
This condition occurs when a woman’s breasts grow to excessively large size and cause pain and discomfort for her. This woman had both of hers removed and survived the surgery. The left breast weighed 17 pounds after removal and the right one weighed 43.
6. FOOT DEFORMITY
Foot deformity, also called “lobster syndrome,” is a birth defect that causes the feet to not form correctly. The condition can also occur in the hands.
This skeleton belonged to John Aasen, who lived from 1890 to 1938. He worked as a sideshow freak during his life. He was 7’ tall, which mean he’s probably have been a pretty good basketball player today.
8. CHINESE FINGERNAILS
Members of the Chinese aristocracy would grow their fingernails to these long lengths as a sign of their higher status. It is assumed they did this to show they did not need to use their hands for manual labor like the lower, working class.
This condition is also known as Von Recklinhausen’s Disease. It’s a genetic disorder where a person’s nerves begin to grow tumors all over their body. There’s a 50% of inheriting the condition if one parent also has it.
10. WIDOW SUNDAY
This plague is a model of Madame Dimanche, also known as Widow Sunday. Over a six year period, she grew a 9.8 inch horn on her forehead. It would eventually be removed by a French surgeon.
Happy you live in the 2015 yet?