Anatomy, Medicine, Science, Medical Curiosities, Psuedo-Science
Here’s an awesome little piece of history: Archaeologists in the Burnt City have discovered what appears to be an ancient prosthetic eye. What makes this discovery exceptionally awesome is the striking description of how the owner and her false eye would have appeared while she was still alive and blinking: [The eye] has a hemispherical form and a diameter of just over 2.5 cm (1 inch). It consists of very light material, probably bitumen paste. The surface of the artificial ey...
1920 French antique dental model by Vecabé. Full set of teeth are made from enamel painstakingly crafted and fired individually. Each secured to the mandible with brass pin and can be removed. They fit together perfectly to form an anatomically correct bite. The heavy metal block opens through 180 degrees to allow detailed inspection. On the upper surface is engraved “Vecabé Brevet D’invention 675996 SGDG Modèle D’Examen Destiné a L’Art Dentaire Brevets Dans Touts Les Pays Civilisés 12032″.
Civil War Surgical Card Collection (1860s) The Army Medical Museum's staff mined incoming reports for 'interesting' cases -- such as a gunshot wound to the 'left side of scalp, denuding skull' or 'gunshot would, right elbow with gangrene supervening' -- and cases that demonstrated the use of difficult surgical techniques, such as an amputation by circular incision or resection of the 'head of humerus and three inches of the left clavicle.' [Washington, DC.]
From S. S. White Dental Manufacturing Co.’s Catalogue of dental materials, furniture, instruments, etc., 1867. The caption reads: “Upper and Lower Maxilla, exhibiting Nerve and Artery on one side, and Artery and Vein on the other, Jaw carved and Teeth split to show the Nerve Cavity (Mounted), with Vase … $ 80.00” That was damned expensive over a hundred years ago!