Category: medical

Smallpox breaks out in Sydney, 1789.

Smallpox breaks out in Sydney, 1789.

These 12 haunting pictures from old mental institutions…

These 12 haunting pictures from old mental institutions guaranteed to creep you out!




OCTOBER 22, 1864 to DECEMBER 12, 1889

  1. Amenorrhea
  2. Asthma
  3. Bad company
  4. Bad habits & political excitement
  5. Bad whiskey
  6. Bite of a rattle snake
  7. Bloody flux
  8. Brain fever
  9. Business nerves
  10. Carbonic acid gas
  11. Carbuncle
  12. Cerebral softening
  13. Cold
  14. Congestion of brain
  15. Constitutional
  16. Crime
  17. Death of sons in the war
  18. Decoyed into the army
  19. Deranged masturbation
  20. Desertion by husband
  21. Diphtheria
  22. Disappointed affection
  23. Disappointed love
  24. Disappointment
  25. Dissipation of nerves
  26. Dissolute habits
  27. Dog bite
  28. Domestic affliction
  29. Domestic trouble
  30. Doubt about mother’s ancestors
  31. Dropsy
  32. Effusion on the brain
  33. Egotism
  34. Epileptic fits
  35. Excessive sexual abuse
  36. Excitement as officer
  37. Explosion of shell nearby
  38. Exposure & hereditary
  39. Exposure & quackery
  40. Exposure in army
  41. Fall from horse
  42. False confinement
  43. Feebleness of intellect
  44. Fell from horse
  45. Female disease
  46. Fever
  47. Fever & loss of law suit
  48. Fever & nerved
  49. Fighting fire
  50. Fits & desertion of husband
  51. Gastritis
  52. Gathering in the head
  53. Greediness
  54. Grief
  55. Gunshot wound
  56. Hard study
  57. Hereditary predisposition
  58. Ill treatment by husband
  59. Imaginary female trouble
  60. Immoral life
  61. Imprisonment
  62. Indigestion
  63. Intemperance
  64. Interference
  65. Jealousy
  66. Jealousy & religion
  67. Kick of horse
  68. Kicked in the head by a horse
  69. Laziness
  70. Liver and social disease
  71. Loss of arm
  72. Marriage of son
  73. Masturbation & syphilis
  74. Masturbation for 30 years
  75. Medicine to prevent conception
  76. Menstrual deranged
  77. Mental excitement
  78. Milk fever
  79. Moral sanity
  80. Novel reading
  81. Nymphomania
  82. Opium habit
  83. Over action on the mind
  84. Over heat
  85. Over study of religion
  86. Over taxing mental powers.
  87. Parents were cousins
  88. Pecuniary losses: worms
  89. Periodical fits
  90. Political excitement
  91. Politics
  92. Puerperal
  93. Religious enthusiasm
  94. Religious excitement
  95. Remorse
  96. Rumor of husband’s murder or desertion
  97. Salvation army
  98. Scarlatina
  99. Seduction
  100. Seduction & disappointment
  101. Self abuse
  102. Severe labor
  103. Sexual abuse and stimulants
  104. Sexual derangement
  105. Shooting of daughter
  106. Smallpox
  107. Snuff
  108. Snuff eating for two years
  109. Softening of the brain
  110. Spinal irritation
  111. Sun stroke
  112. Sunstroke
  113. Superstition
  114. Suppressed masturbation
  115. Suppression of menses
  116. Tabacco & masturbation: hysteria
  117. The war
  118. Time of life
  119. Trouble
  120. Uterine derangement
  121. Venereal excesses
  122. Vicious vices in early life
  123. Women
  124. Women trouble
  125. Young lady & fear

Medical shop, Netherlands, 1964. Photographed by Leonard Freed.

Medical shop, Netherlands, 1964. Photographed by Leonard Freed.

Medical check-up for infants, 1910s.

Medical check-up for infants, 1910s.

Do you need a lobotomy? Just look at the results from these…

Do you need a lobotomy? Just look at the results from these before and after photo comparisons of lobotomy patients.

In the anatomy lab, 1936.

In the anatomy lab, 1936.

Public health doctor giving a tenant family medicine for…

Public health doctor giving a tenant family medicine for malaria, near Columbia, South Carolina, 1939. Photographed by Marion Post Wolcott.

Medical breakthrough that made possible perfor…

Medical breakthrough that made possible performing surgeries more easily: first anesthesia, performed in 1847 , more info in comments.

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This image, a daguerreotype, taken in 1847 shows a team of doctors in Boston giving anesthesia to a man identified as Edward Gilbert Abbott by using a substance called ether. The development of anesthesia during the 19th century was a medical breakthrough that allowed for a wide variety of surgeries and procedures to be performed that could never have been done before.
The procedure performed was the partly removal of a tumor from his neck.

ANCIENT GREEK MEDICINE: IN ancient Greek medic…


IN ancient Greek medicine illness was initally regarded as a divine punishment and healing as, quite literally, a gift from the gods. However, by the 5th century BCE, there were attempts to identify the material causes for illnesses rather than spiritual ones and this led to a move away from superstition towards scientific enquiry, although, in reality, the two would never be wholly separated. Greek medical practitioners, then, began to take a greater interest in the body itself and to explore the connection between cause and effect, the relation of symptoms to the illness itself and the success or failure of various treatments.

Greek medicine was not a uniform body of knowledge and practice but rather a diverse collection of methods and beliefs which depended on such general factors as geography and time period and more specific factors such as local traditions and a patient’s gender and social class. Nevertheless, common threads running through Greek medical thought included a preoccupation with the positive and negative effects of diet and a belief that the patient could actually do something about their complaint, in contrast to a more fatalistic and spiritual mindset of earlier times.

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