More ideas from Vixie
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,

Dated 1761 Memento Mori of a carved wooden coffin, enclosing a skeleton in shroud, with ivory skull set behind glass. (Austria)

Dated 1761 Memento Mori of a carved wooden coffin, enclosing a skeleton in shroud, with ivory skull set behind glass.

Forensic Pathology Museum - Si Quey mummy - First Serial Killer of Thailand!!

Forensic Pathology Museum - Si Quey mummy - First Serial Killer of Thailand! I need to go here if I'm ever in Bangkok!

The ravages of cholera, a disease of filth, as seen in Dirt: the filthy reality of everyday life.

A young Viennese woman, aged depicted before and after contracting cholera Coloured stipple engraving, In the Wellcome Library, London Collection

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

Eighteenth Century Midwife Training Mannequin

Angélique-Marguerite du Coudray was a famous century midwife and designed this mannequin to teach midwife trainees about delivering babies. Louis XV learned of her expertise and asked her to set up courses throughout France.

Blanche Dumas - to the right of her middle leg was the stump of another limb; it's unknown at this time whether this stump was naturally occurring or the site of a surgical amputation, but promoters sought to maximize its appeal by adorning it with nipples and advertising it a pair of "well-formed" extra breasts.

Three-legged woman - Mutter Museum, Philadelphia Hereso Jackson/ American Horror Story Freak Show