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The earliest evidence of ancient dentistry we have is an amazingly detailed dental work on a mummy from ancient Egypt that archaeologists have dated to 2000 BCE

Victim of Jack the Ripper, City of London Cemetery, London

Zona Heaster Shue died in 1897 by what was called an "everlasting faint" but was soon given the name 'The Greenbrier Ghost' after she appeared to her mother and told her she had actually been murdered by her husband. The events surrounding the haunting led to it becoming the only time in American legal history in which the so-called "testimony of a ghost" was accepted at a murder trial.

Shoes Made From The Skin Of Big Nose George Parrott. George Francis Warden, a.k.a. "Big Nose George Parrott" was a horse thief and a train robber. In 1878, after a botched hold-up, he and his gang killed a couple of lawmen and fled to Montana. "If he'd kept his big mouth shut he wouldn't of got caught," said Ilene Hanson, an assistant at the museum. "But he got to bragging." He was lynched and had his chest and thighs skinned and made into a doctor's bag, a coin purse and a pair of shoes.

Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva is a disease where the body’s repair mechanism is completely broken, and starts “healing” the fibrous tissue (muscles, tendons and ligaments) by turning them into bone. Your whole body is slowly being petrified. There’s no known treatment for the 450 sufferers worldwide, and in one famous case a sufferer survived up to the age 40, at which point his entire body, except his lips and transformed into bone, leaving him completely immobile.

Rebeca Martinez was born in the Dominican Republic in 2009 with a parasitic head attached to the top of her head in what was an unformed conjoined twin. This extra head was causing pressure on her brain and it was removed at 8 weeks. Rebeca died hours after the surgery. This case is similar to the 'Two Headed Boy of Bengal'.

In the 19th Century, doctors were reluctant to operate on thyroid tumors like the ones shown in this 1875 photograph. That’s because the gland was so full of blood vessels that serious bleeding was a real risk. That meant some patients, like this man, faced the threat of slow asphyxiation.

Ohh, so sad. ca. 1875, portrait of a father and his daughter, suffering from hydrocephalus] via A Morning’s Work: Medical Photographs from the Burns Archive, Stanley B. Burns

Cyclopia is a rare birth defect where a child is born with one eye in the middle of his or her head. The baby also typically lacks a functional nose. There has been some speculation that the condition may be related to certain cancer treatment drugs and toxins taken by pregnant women.

Rocky Hill Castle is a historic plantation home in Courtland, Alabama. Built in the 1820's, but when the Civil War broke out it was used by Confederates as a hospital. Some say that the spirits of Civil War soldiers and tortured slaves haunt the premises, as well as the mysterious 'lady in blue'.

POSSIBLE post mortem photo of the twin on the right. Stands were sometimes used to make the deceased seem alive. The R. Twins skin is discolored, the eyes are lifeless, arm hangs at his side and theres an unnatural leaning to his stance, whereas his brother has turned his head and is glancing up at him with trepidation. Live Siblings and surviving twins were often posed with their deceased siblings for post mortem photos victorian-post-mortem-photography

Baby mummy from the 16 century.

Ladies of the Krakow Crypts. This is a 12 year old girl that died in the 1800's.

Another Lady of the Krakow Crypt. A woman who was poisoned by her father on her wedding day for marrying a man he disapproved of. She lies in her wedding dress. The year was 1787.

Patient in restraint chair at the West Riding Lunatic Asylum, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England -- ca. 1869