Leucotome (20th century) The leucotome was inserted into the patient’s tear duct and then lightly hammered into the thin layer of bone with a surgical mallet. Next, it was pushed into the frontal lobe of the patient’s brain about 1.5 inches and moved back and forth. This process was then repeated in the other eye to complete the frontal lobotomy. Freeman performed nearly 3,500 lobotomies over the course of his career using this method before his medical license was revoked in 1967.
Russian surgeons said what they first believed was a tumor in a man's lungs turned out to be a living, growing fir tree, according to reports in the Russian media. The doctors said they found a tree measuring nearly 2 inches long inside the lung tissues of 28-year-old Artyom Sidorkin. Horticulturalists remain skeptical, however. Tricia Diggins of the Wellesley College Botanical Gardens in Boston told ABCNews.com that while it may be possible for such trees to grow without light, she doubted…
BEARDED LADY ANNIE JONES . Carte de visite. Pencil inscription on back "Miss Anne Jones Age 16". Charles Eisenmann photography Annie married twice, toured Europe and invested her considerable earnings in Real Estate.
stomach contents of a person who died from pica disorder
The Cardiff Giant. A hoax from the 1860s. A man carved the statue, buried it, and had well diggers "discover it" some time later. He claimed it was a fossilized giant from biblical times. It was later discovered to be a fake. His point was to prove how gullible American's can be.
A portable respirator for polio victims, on display in London. Worn like a blouse, the respirator may be plugged into an electrical outlet or powered by a battery. A special nylon fabric developed for the Mt. Everest expedition is used in the respirator - CSU Archives/Everett Collection [Sept. 1955]
Shoes made from the skin of gangster "Big Nose" George Parrot, 1881. The top of Parrot's skull was given to 15-year-old Lilian Heath (later the first female doctor in Wyoming) who used it as an ashtray, and other sheets of his skin were made into a medical bag. The shoes were worn by John Eugene Osborne at his inaugural ball as the first Democratic Governor of the State of Wyoming.
Plaster Casts from the 79 A.D. Eruption of Vesuvius: One of the morbidly fascinating results of the 79 A.D. eruption of Vesuvius is the large number of holes found in the volcanic deposits around Pompeii that represented corpses of people and animals that were buried by the hot ash. The ash lithified before the corpses decayed so that a good mold of the deceased remained. Early in the excavation it was discovered that filling these molds with plaster produced remarkable casts of the victims.
Antique Dr. Walter Freeman Transorbital Lobotomy Kit! Oddity, Medical, Torture