25 Facts About The Victorian Era That Will Make You Glad You Weren't Born Then.
Surgery was not really seen as being part of the medical field, but rather something else.
Surgeons were placed on the same pedestal as butchers but were somehow also seen as high class. Even the fact that they used hot irons or boiling water to cauterize a wound didn't diminish the way they were viewed.
Surgeons in the Victorian age didn't order someone to suction the blood off during surgery.
It's common to hear a doctor shout, "suction," when they need a nurse to remove blood from the surgical area so they can see. But in the olden days, they used leeches to remove blood before performing surgery.
They took photos, and lots of them, of the people they loved, even after they were deceased.
Sadly, people had lots of kids in those days, and a lot of them died before they turned 5. So, they propped their deceased loved ones and took pictures with them. In fact, memento mori photographic portraiture was cheap and popular in the mid-1800s.
There was a clear advantage of taking photos of the dead, a practice which existed long before this age.
Memento mori, which means, "remember you must die," often resulted in the living coming out slightly blurry because they would tend to move. But since the dead didn't move, they appeared a lot sharper in the images.
In some cases, the dead didn't seem life-like, so photographers did the following to change that.
They painted eyes on certain occasions, as you can see from the photo on the left to make them appear like they were still alive, while the right photo on the right can't mask the grim reminder that this loved one has passed on.
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