1. Patients at mental institutions were restrained with wet blankets.
via Indian, Insanity, and American History Blog / National Archives
2. Protective gear for a radiology nurse, circa 1918.
3. Early treatment of rickets involved tanning during the winter months; circa 1925.
via Twitter / @Chicago_History
4. Dr. Lewis Sayre treating scoliosis, checking the curvature of the spine.
via Ludica Marina
5. Dr. Clark’s Spinal Apparatus, circa 1878, one of the more bizarre and least practical treatments for scoliosis.
via tumblr / ghastlygrimgruesome
6. An early defibrillator, circa 1940s.
via Rod Tanchanco MD / Dittrick Medical History Center
7. Physiotherapy used to be hands-off, seen here at Walter Reed circa 1920.
8. Surgery wasn’t always performed under an aesthesia; this one using ether, circa 1855, was a step in the right direction.
9. An anatomical model of a pregnant woman so doctors wouldn’t have to teach using a real woman. The coffin reinforces that only the anatomies of dead people should be studied. Circa 1680.
10. European birthing chair, circa 1750. It’s adjustable!
via Science Museum London
11. Somewhere between a gurney and a wheelchair, an ”invalid rolling cart” circa 1915.
12. ”Healing” radioactive water, circa 1928.
via Cult of Weird
13. We hope this prosthetic leg, circa 1890, served her well.
14. This prosthetic hand, circa 1800, suggests many advancements in 90 years.
via tumblr / toothkeys-and-tourniquets
15. Stacking up polio sufferers in a multi-person iron lung, circa 1950.
via AARC Museum
16. Medical heroin, developed and sold by Bayer in the 1890s.
via Business Insider
17. The cure that may have caused never-ending toothaches. Circa 1885.
18. A jar for leeches, circa 1800s.