Unless you have the coolest doctor in the world, you probably have some anxiety about visiting your doctors office. I mean, if you're going in for a checkup, there's always the possibility of bad news, but regardless of the outcome, the experience is awkward at best. And let's be honest, who likes sitting on that crinkly paper, am I right?But if you're going in for some sort of surgical procedure, it's a no-brainer that the fear-of-doctor is amplified exponentially. But imagine if you needed this operation in 1840, before modern medicine and still years before anesthesia was used in practice. Most procedures were done while you were conscious - you probably feel a LOT better about your next procedure now.
The following images are not for the faint of heart - these scientific drawings of various medical procedures from centuries past, before the dawn of modern science, are both fascinating and bone-chilling.
Think you've got the stomach? Read on to see what your great-great grandparents thought of when they thought "doctor."