The medical science has improved quite a lot over the last few decades and now we undergo a myriad of operations without a second thought. However, if you were alive before 1846, you would have known the nightmare it was to undergo an operation, without anesthesia.
A new book that contains images, detailed, of surgical textbooks hailing from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries has been published.
The death rate after operation was about 80% in some of the hospitals in London.Caution: It is not for the faint hearted.
Surgery to remove cancer of the tongue – Tongue was sliced in two (Fig. 1), the tumour was cut out (Fig. 3) and tongue was stitched back together (Fig. 3).
Amputation of toes and foot meant simply cutting them off with a knife (Fig. 1).
An 1841 surgical book shows how doctors would reconstruct the lower jaw to prevent diseases of the mouth.
Image from a book, circa 1675, shows treatment for lacrimal fistula (a small lesion near the eye).
This is from an 1841 textbook and depicts how doctors carried out the removal of breast and dressing of wound afterward.
SO Creepy no?
Source : wonderfulengineering.com