Category: medical

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…

ANCIENT GREEK MEDICINE: 

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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Vintage photos of people wearing masks during the 1918 influenza…

Vintage photos of people wearing masks during the 1918 influenza pandemic, one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history.

Pictures from 1914 book show the principles of impression taking…

Pictures from 1914 book show the principles of impression taking and prosthetic articulation.

The story behind the picture of a Harvard student with Aids is…

The story behind the picture of a Harvard student with Aids is hugged by his parents.