Syphillis before antibiotics

Facial sloughing as a result of syphilis, pre penicillin era. Sloughing refers to dead tissue quite literally sliding off.

1908. Progression of a Fatal Case of Smallpox. ©Welcome images

To wash or not to wash- Lack of knowledge about diseases forced people to avoid places where air is stagnant, to keep pores of skin and sealed and cover body. Hands and rinsed in clean cold water.

A young girl suffering from congenital Syphilis to the face

A young girl suffering from congenital Syphilis to the face

Antique bottle of “Heroin Hydrochloride” tablets, made by The Bayer Co. LTD. The bottle was hand blown.

antiquateddruggist: “ Antique bottle of “Heroin Hydrochloride” tablets, made by The Bayer Co. The bottle was hand blown.

'Gynaeplaque' model, United States, 1925-1935. Medical professionals were taught how to insert a cervical cap using this model. The model is spongy rubber in a black case which opens to show the female reproductive organs. A cervical cap is a contraceptive inserted before sex. It sits over the cervix and blocks sperm from entering the uterus. It must be initially fitted by a physician where they can establish the shape of the cervix and the size and type of cap required.

'Gynaeplaque' model, United States, Medical professionals were taught how to insert a cervical cap using this model. The model is spongy rubber in a black case which opens to show the female reproductive organs.

Did Joseph Merrick, known as "elephant man," have Proteus Syndrome?

Did Joseph Merrick, known as "elephant man," have Proteus Syndrome?

Chrissy Steltz of Oregon receives a facial prosthesis after 11 years.  Chrissy was shot in the face with a shotgun when she was 16.  The blast destroyed 2/3 of her facial structure--including both of her eyes and her nose.

Chrissy Steltz of Oregon receives a facial prosthesis after 11 years. Chrissy was shot in the face with a shotgun when she was The blast destroyed of her facial structure--including both of her eyes and her nose.

*TITANIC ~ an old photo postcard of the bodies from the wreckage of the RMS Empress of Ireland in 1914. Yes, they used to make postcards of this stuff! (Source: tumblr)

Old photo postcard of the bodies from the wreckage of the RMS Empress of Ireland in Yes, they had strange taste in postcards.

This is not a dead person, and it is not a person at all. It is a fictional depiction of a character from The Shadow over Innsmouth, a horror novella by H. P. Lovecraft, written in November–December 1931.

This is not a dead person, and it is not a person at all. It is a fictional depiction of a character from The Shadow over Innsmouth, a horror novella by H. P. Lovecraft, written in November–December 1931.

Oxycephaly is caused by a premature closure of the sutures in the skull causing a malformation of the head.

The poor child suffered the taunts of her peers for her polydactyly. She had six fingers on her left hand. (caption authored by Fritz die Spinne, and is pure fiction)

Cryptophthalmos (failure of eyelids to separate), one of the characteristics of Fraser Syndrome. May occur in one or, more commonly, both eyes, with varying severity (complete, incomplete, or abortive)

Fraser syndrome is an autosomal recessive congenital disorder.It is characterized by developmental defects including cryptophthalmos (where the eyelids fail to separate in each eye), and malformations.

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