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Bizarre Medical Devices That Were Used During Medieval Times (9 pics)

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If you thought today's medical devices were bad, just wait until you see what people were using during medieval times.

Trepanning: The procedure of drilling a hole into the skull to treat intracranial complications or any issues regarding the head. During the Medieval era, a sufferer of a mental disease was considered possessed by evil spirits and had to go through the procedure of trepanning. The procedure obviously extremely risky, and patients hardly ever survived. But there were some records of "successful" trepanning in which people lived with a new soft spot.

1 Bizarre Medical Devices That Were Used During Medieval Times (9 pics)

Metallic Catheters: A metallic tube was inserted painfully in the bladder to treat urine blockage or other urinary complications. The practice became popular in the 13th century. Inserting the catheter forcefully into the bladder through the urethra was not an easy, pleasant, or harmless task as many men were permanently injured.


2 Bizarre Medical Devices That Were Used During Medieval Times (9 pics)

Needles for cataract surgery: Cataract patients had to undergo a terrible procedure. A thick needle was used to remove a cataract from the eye. Medieval surgeons used either a sharp pointed knife or a thick needle to push the cornea to the back of the eye, which they thought helped somehow.


3 Bizarre Medical Devices That Were Used During Medieval Times (9 pics)

Hot iron to treat hemorrhoids: During Medieval times, physicians used the cautery irons to treat the hemorrhoids. St. Fiacre (an Irish monk in the 7th century) was believed to be the savior of hemorrhoid sufferers. Peasants had to pray him. If not, the victims of hemorrhoids would be sent to the monks who'd press their anuses with a red hot iron. The disease was often called "St. Fiacre's curse."


4 Bizarre Medical Devices That Were Used During Medieval Times (9 pics)

Stone Extractor: Surgeons inserted the screw tip of the extractor and widened up the path to the stone or shrapnel inside the body so it could be taken out.


5 Bizarre Medical Devices That Were Used During Medieval Times (9 pics)

Arrow-Remover: This scissor-like object was used to grasp and pull the arrow from the wounded soldier's body.



6 Bizarre Medical Devices That Were Used During Medieval Times (9 pics)

Dwale: An anesthetic potion from old England used during surgery. Surgery in the Medieval era was performed only when the patient was in life/death condition because even the anesthesia in surgeries often led to death. The potion was prepared from hemlock juice, opium, castrated boar gall, briny, vinegar etc.


7 Bizarre Medical Devices That Were Used During Medieval Times (9 pics)

Flem: The sharp pointed device used for bloodletting. Medieval physicians believed that any kind of illness was caused by the excess fluid in the body. They thought if excess blood is taken from the body, the internal mechanism would normalize and remove the illness.


8 Bizarre Medical Devices That Were Used During Medieval Times (9 pics)

Clyster Syringes: In Medieval times these were used to perform enemas. The long metal tube was filled with a medicinal liquid, which was injected into the rectum through the anus. The procedure was called "enema," and it was for the treatment of constipation or bowel cleansing. Thank goodness horrific procedures like this ended with the medieval era.


9 Bizarre Medical Devices That Were Used During Medieval Times (9 pics)


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№1 Author: Dr. Anonym (17 Jun 2015 08:19) Total user comments: 0


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Enemas are still used.
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№2 Author: loveandhate (17 Jun 2015 12:30) Total user comments: 1571


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And they draw cross on patient head to cure headache
or open up his head to let the devil out
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№3 Author: LewisJones (17 Jun 2015 15:30) Total user comments: 2206


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#9 seems well made for the era.
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№4 Author: Tomaz86 (17 Jun 2015 15:47) Total user comments: 10835


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Thank you for being born at the right time. 37
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№5 Author: saint357 (17 Jun 2015 19:06) Total user comments: 2366


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another one up the ass, seems they were really occupied with getting up someone's ass a lot.
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№6 Author: Phynix4 (17 Jun 2015 20:13) Total user comments: 5461


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thank you modern science and medicine. Quite likely someday our practices will be viewed in the same manner...
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