Here you can see some pictures of unusual medical treatments that people used to do before modern medicine.
Dr. Lewis Sayre treating scoliosis, checking the curvature of the spine.
Patients at mental institutions were restrained with wet blankets.
Protective gear for a radiology nurse, circa 1918.
Tanning babies at the Chicago Orphan Asylum to offset winter rickets in 1925.
Dr. Clark’s Spinal Apparatus, circa 1878, one of the more bizarre and least practical treatments for scoliosis.
Physiotherapy used to be hands-off, seen here at Walter Reed circa 1920.
Surgery wasn’t always performed under an aesthesia; this lad is having surgery on his leg in 1855.
Somewhere between a gurney and a wheelchair, an “invalid rolling cart” circa 1915.
Woman with an artificial leg, too embarrassed to show her face, c. 1890s.
Stacking up polio sufferers in a multi-person iron lung, circa 1950.
This is what a neurological exam looked like in 1884.
A selection of some of the items used to disguise facial injury, during the early development of plastic surgery.