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In 1402, St. Mary of Bethlehem, an asylum popularly known as Bedlam, opened to receive mental patients in England. The institution itself was founded in 1247 as a priory. The famous painting of Bedlam is by William Hogarth, 1735.

Ch 27 In St. Mary of Bethlehem, an asylum popularly known as Bedlam, opened to receive mental patients in England. The institution itself was founded in 1247 as a priory. The famous painting of Bedlam is by William Hogarth,

Here is an old photograph of an unidentified smallpox sufferer that comes from my copy of the 1910 medical textbook, “The Diagnosis of Smallpox” by Thomas Frank Ricketts. Smallpox was a highly contagious disease that caused lesions to form on the body and often resulted in severe scarring, blindness, and, in most cases, death. The World Health Organization declared smallpox to be officially eradicated in 1979.

Medical treatment was little more than crude guesswork, and totally out of reach of the poor. Epidemics of dysentery, smallpox, and typhus occured regularly. Water supplies were contaminated. Bathing (once feared as a method of spreading disease) was rare

Beautiful portraiture of the very first brain surgery patients

For more than three decades, two amazing relics of medical history lay rotting underneath a Yale University dorm—Dr. Harvey Cushing’s collection of brains, and his collection of patient photography

Ruben A. Vance and lithotripsy: minimally invasive surgery more than a century ago 1880

Ruben A. Vance and lithotripsy: minimally invasive surgery more than a century ago - Dittrick Medical History Center

Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP for short) is a very rare disease that causes parts of the body (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) to turn to bone when they are damaged. This can often cause damaged joints to fuse together, preventing movement. Unfortunately surgical removal of the bone growths is ineffective as the body “heals” itself by recreating the removed bone. To make matters worse, the disease is so rare that it is often misdiagnosed as cancer.

medicalschool: “ Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP for short) is a very rare disease that causes parts of the body (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) to turn to bone when they are damaged.

From 'Spinal Disease and Spinal Curvature: Their Treatment by Suspension and the Use of Plaster of Paris Bandage' pub. 1877

Sayre, M. Spinal Disease and Spinal Curvature: Their Treatment by Suspension and the Use of Plaster of Paris Bandage (London,

ca. 1865, [photograph of a prosthetic boot], M. Fontaine via A Morning’s Work: Medical Photographs from the Burns Archive & Collection, Stanley B. Burns

[photograph of a prosthetic boot], M. Fontaine via A Morning’s Work: Medical Photographs from the Burns Archive & Collection, Stanley B. Prosthetic limbs have come a long way!