We've got it good in 2017
We live in an increasingly wondrous day and age for technology and medical advancements.
Thanks to advances in technology and science, we now know so much about how the human body works, and how to treat and cure previously fatal diseases in every part of the body. Even illnesses of the mind are now recognized as legitimate ailments since we finally understand the inner-workings of the human brain. It truly is an amazing time to be alive.
The amazing discovery of penicillin made a lot of invasive archaic procedures obsolete, but it’s definitely still cringeworthy to think about the tools that healthcare professionals used to use on patients — especially since the anesthetics they used weren’t exactly safe or reliably effective.
Get ready to shudder at these menacing-looking instruments that were borderline torture.
While it looks unassuming, this metal device will make anyone packing a peen recoil. Back in the day, before antibiotics and effective condoms, sexually transmitted infections were rampant. Some STDs made a person’s urethra too narrow for proper urine flow.
This tool was inserted into the hole of the penis. A screw would be turned and the blades spread apart to dilate the urethra as far as possible. Sometimes the man would do this himself. Drawing blood was seen as a positive.
In the late 1800s, tonsillitis could have been life threatening. When doctors tried to extract the tonsils, patients would unconsciously bite down on the physician’s hands. So this menacing tool was created.
It was shoved down your throat to quickly and effectively slice off your tonsils as fast as possible – and very painfully.
Anyone who has suffered from this embarrassing affliction knows how painful they can be. Constant burning and itching makes it hard to even sit, let alone do anything else. While we have creams and surgery these days, in the 19th century this tool would grab and crush hemorrhoids to restrict blood flow to the area, thus causing them to fall off.
This tool was just used for external cases. If you had internal hemorrhoids, they would be extracted with a hook.