16 Creepy Old Medical Devices That Would Shock People of Today

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Medicine has changed a good deal over the years and many devices have been created to treat various diseases and even just basic ailments. Some medical devices have remained through time while others disappeared due to their "creepy" nature or just the fact that they seemed outdated and unnecessary. Here is a list of creepy medical devices that have been used over the last hundred years or more. Some even go back as far 1700's. These might change your view of modern medicine and make you realize that we have it easy in some regards compared to people that had to use these creepy devices.

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1. Creepy Prosthetics

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Could you imagine having to use this contraption if you lost your leg? How uncomfortable would this be?

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2. Painful Amputation

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This is called an amputation knife and it was used in the 1700's. How would you like to have a limb cut off with this thing? Remember pain medication is a thing of today and was not really an option back then. Can you feel their pain?

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3. Childbirth? No Problem

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This tool was used as a means of dilating a woman's cervix during childbirth. Luckily, this device was not used for long as it tended to tear the cervix. Modern day childbirth does not seem so bad now, does it?

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4. Hemorrhoid Horror

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These were called hemorrhoid forceps and they were used in the 1800's. Compare having this thing inserted into you to grab a hold of hemorrhoids to our modern day methods of treating hemorrhoids. Nowadays, pills or diet changes can help with hemorrhoids and surgery is only performed in extreme cases. People in the 1800's didn't have it so easy.

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5. The Past Of Plastic Surgery

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In the days before plastic surgery, people had to disguise facial injuries of deformities with these creepy looking things. Oh the horror.

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6. Comfortable Headwear

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Would you be willing to wear this to correct a weak or damaged spine and/or back? Doesn't exactly look like the most comfortable things in the world to wear.

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7. Claustrophobic

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Old Time Physiotherapy at its finest. This machine was used back in the 1920's and thankfully it was considered outdated not long after. Who would want to spend hours in here? Don't you just get claustrophobic looking at it?

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8. Treating Scoliosis

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Imagine being put through this to treat scoliosis. This poor woman looks as if she is being flogged in the town square. Again, modern day treatment is looking better and better.

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9. The Iron Lung

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This photo, circa 1937, depicts children in something called an iron lung. Children used to have to spend months in this thing before a vaccine for Polio was created. Thank goodness for vaccines, those pesky needles seem easy after one look at this creepy machine.

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10. Intense Tooth-Care

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You think that going to the dentist is bad now. Could you see having your mouth opened with this back in the 1930's?

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11. Don't Touch Yourself

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This odd looking contraption was used to prevent masturbation. Could you see the people of today having to wear this day in and day out? How uncomfortable!!

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12. Enema Machine

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This was called an enema machine and it is from the 1830's. I think the name speaks for itself. The question is how exactly would thing work and why exactly would anyone want to inflict this on themselves?

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13. Curing Constipation

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This device was called a rectal dilator and was meant to be an enema of sort to ease the discomfort of constipation. What a relief that pills were created to treat this kind of thing.

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14. Rickets

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These poor babies circa 1925 were being treated for rickets, which is the weakening and softening of bones in children. Usually this condition is caused by a vitamin D deficiency. Could you see the people of today tanning their babies in a tanning booth? Not exactly an everyday occurrence is it?

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15. Physical Therapy

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This net was used to treat people with deformities or conditions such as scoliosis. This was supposed to set their crooked backs before they were placed into a cast. This disturbing torture device should make you glad that physical therapy and modern day back braces are now an option.

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16. Stuffy Noses

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This was used to treat pain and clear up stuffy noses. It was called a Violet Ray Machine. Let's just say that nose spray is a great invention!

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