Nobody likes hospitals. But next time you’re walking through those sterile hallways that make you feel so creeped out, take a moment to give thanks for their sterility. Medicine wasn’t always what it is now. In fact, vintage medical practices of yore were often worse than the ailments they sought to cure. The “treatments” in this list were all, at one time, really practiced.
This patient is suspending herself from his harness so that the man standing next to her, Dr. Lewis Albert Sayre, can study the curvature of her spine. After this photo was taken, she was wrapped in a large bandage made of plaster of Paris, a component of a scoliosis treatment. The exact date of the photo is unknown, but estimates place it sometime between 1850 and 1900.