15 Creepy Medical Instruments From The Past That Will Make You Shudder.
We should count ourselves lucky to be alive during this century. Aside from the modern luxuries like a heated home, cars, and computers that make life that much easier, we also live in a time where medicine has made huge leaps and advances.
Infections, ailments are easily taken care of with natural remedies and medicine without ever stepping foot in the operating room. Yet, if we are ever in a situation where we need to go under the knife, we know that for the most part we will come out safe and sound.
Patients were not always so lucky. Tools and devices used during surgeries in the past looked more like a macabre scene from a horror movie. The surgical instruments caused so much agonizing pain before it even brought a cure or relief from the medical condition. It was not uncommon for patients to simply continue living with pain or die from their illness rather than face the tools used for their treatment.
The tonsil guillotine got it's scary name from the original machine used to decapitate people.
The tonsil guillotine literally sliced off the tonsils. This device in particular was able to remove both tonsils simultaneously. The tonsil guillotines were replaced with the use of scalpels, a much safer procedure.
Surgeons didn't look like the doctors we are accustomed to seeing today.
The blades and knifes they used for surgeries looked more like torture devices or barbers' tools.
These devices inflicted a lot of pain for patients, they often chose to die from their ailment than suffer through it.
What made matters worse was that no anesthesia or limited amounts were used to help with the excruciating pain.
The trephine was a hand-powered drill used in the 1800's.
The spikes in the cylinder was used to hold the blade in place while the middle blade cut into the skull.
Amputation knives were popular during the Victorian age.
To stop the spread of disease and infection, doctors often felt the only option was to amputate. Surgeons usually made a circular cut through skin and muscle to get to the bone. A flap of skin was left to cover the stump.
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