20 Very Scary Old-School Surgical Tools

Submitted by: lostinkorea 6 years ago Weird
http://www.surgicaltechnologists.net/blog/20-scary-old-school-surgical-tools

Be glad you didn"t have to go to the doctor"s in the 1800s. Especially be glad you weren"t preggers--cervical dilator.
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Female 635
omfg i just sh**ted my pants

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Male 12,365
[quote]Nothing to knock you out, either. Done while you were awake.[/quote]

They did have some pain relief, sometimes, to some extent. Opiates have been in use for millenia (obtained from poppies). They were even used in medieval Britain and Europe (where medicine was particularly primitive). They had no idea why it worked, but they knew it did work.

Other plants could also be used to induce unconsciousness and reduce pain. There are accounts of general anaethesia as early as the 13th century (Hugh de Lucca) and they say it was old knowledge then. Modern examination of the plants involved indicates that some of them could work for anaesthesia (e.g. henbane contains scopolamine). Poppy juice certainly can - it contains several powerful drugs, including morphine.
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Female 222
((me while I`m looking at these)): What the heck is THAT? Wha-wha-wha... woah, how can something that pointy go up something so...? Bloodletting!? Sheesh, some of these make the Saw movies look like a walk in the park...
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Female 4,349
although i can see how it is perfectly reasonable to blow smoke up someones ass after they have drowned, that is a surefire way to bring someone back to life, some of those instruments, i think, are actually instruments of torture, yes?
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Female 179
reminds me of the song miss lucy had some leeches by emilie autumn
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Female 505
People in the future will be thinking how terrible our medical technology is now.
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Male 8,302
And of course, we get USED TO modern medicine. My mom recently went through a knee operation and was complaining a lot about the post-op pain. I reminded her, 20 years ago, she`d be lame or dead now.
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Male 8,302
These things pre-date ME by a year or two admittedly, but... my early memory is our family doctor when I was about 3, sitting across the desk, an old man, chain smoking while he dealt with patients, and a bottle of whisky on his desk which he frequently gave the kids a sip of. Haha things in medicine have certainly changed!
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Male 302
The mouth gag is actually quite a clever tool imo.
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Male 509
"You should see the tools they use now, Cordless drill for knee and hip replacement, Vibrating saws to cut & shape bone"

at least now they have general anaesthetic that WORKS and doesn`t kill you... unless they get the dosage wrong...
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Male 509
"colonic electro therapy wand. It does exactly what it says on the tin." - wait, what? It`s a butt plug that SHOCKS you? God, I`m glad I`m alive now rather than then... even now, I think I`d want general anaesthetic for almost any modern procecdure that`s invasive...
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Male 1,108
It`s a wonder anyone ever admitted being ill in those days. One thats missing that was one of my favorites at the science musium is the colonic electro therapy wand. It does exactly what it says on the tin.
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Male 21
anybody want to play doctor ;)
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Female 282
the one I freaked out about the most was the circumcision knife. -shudders- I would hate to be a guy back then.
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Male 53
Wow..that was uncomfortable reading those descriptions especially the Tonsil Guillotine and Ecraseur :(
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Female 1,682
You know...This is also one of the reasons why I am glad I live in this day and age :/ They all look so painful D:
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Male 25,416
Wow, scaary but with time comes improvement!
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Female 343
*shivers in terror* oh god the horror! I would rather have just died of the wounds, cancer, infection,etc.
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Male 807
hmmm that bullet extractor, i think i would rather have the bullet in me same for arrow remover

and the hemorrhoid forceps, dont people with hemorrhoids have enough pain without this thing?!
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Male 17,512
You should see the tools they use now, Cordless drill for knee and hip replacement, Vibrating saws to cut & shape bone, And the instruments they use for laparoscopic surgery... well take a look

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Male 231
SKULLSAW :D :D XD
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Female 547
*fainted at the sight of the ecraseur*
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Male 131
O_O`
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Female 1,048
I think I`d rather live with the ailment than have one of those instruments wielded anywhere near me! <shudder>
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Female 356
No fu.cking way, man! NO FU.CKING WAY!
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Female 356
Nothing to knock you out, either. Done while you were awake.
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Male 4,807
It would be Awesome to see some of these being used!!
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Male 256
that was the most horrifying thing ive seen in awhile
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Female 317
I get nervous whenever I hear the words "spring-loaded blades"
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Female 721
Oh good they included the speculum. Gotta love that tool.
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Male 1,357
gnarly. second from the end is the worst
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Female 2,352
I want a skull saw. X3
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Male 1,263
I cringed at each and every one of these..
The tonsil guillotine freaks me out the most though, for some reason.
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Female 86
good god i was cringing the whole time.
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Female 3,727
Link: 20 Very Scary Old-School Surgical Tools [Rate Link] - Be glad you didn`t have to go to the doctor`s in the 1800s. Especially be glad you weren`t preggers--cervical dilator.
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