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Frightening and Outdated Medical Instruments They Actually Used on People

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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.

Anatomical theatre

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