Dr Campbell's SAFE Arsenic Complexion Wafers. Many who took the cosmetic cure were under the false impression that if a little was good, a lot was better, leading to reported cases of young women going blind or dying by overdosing on the wafers. Arsenic was at it’s height of popularity from the late 1880s to early 1900s, although, advertisements could still be found as late as the 1920s, and in the US, arsenic was only finally banned from cosmetic use in 1938.
Welcome to the lobotomy ladies... Men had the right to demand their wives or daughters be lobotomized against their will.... so that will teach you to be cheerful while you scrub the floors...(Joseph Kennedy, father of JFK, had his daughter lobotomized.)
the curious case of a real-life Benjamin Button, with a twist. A Brazilian woman, who has neither aged, nor is getting any younger. Born on May 7, 1981, Maria Audete do Nascimento still has the body of a baby.
Dr. Rose's Arsenic Complexion Wafers: "These poisonous wafers were advertised as being “simply magical” for the complexion, their most striking effects “being brought about by their steady use.” They were guaranteed to improve “even the coarsest and most repulsive skin and complexion”—especially if you’re into the lurid pallor of death."
A silver prosthetic nose from the mid-19th century. Syphilis caused the destruction of the nose, which gave rise to 18th-century 'No-nose clubs'. This one was worn by a woman who had lost hers to the disease
Russian Surgeon who did his own Surgery – Brave Act
In 1961, Leonid Rogozov, 27, was the only surgeon in the Soviet Antarctic Expedition. During the expedition, he felt severe pain in the stomach and had a high fever. Rogozov examined himself and discovered that his appendix was inflamed and could burst at any time. With a local anesthesia, he operated himself to remove the appendix. An engineer and a meteorologist assisted surgery.
It’s Dede: The “Tree Man” Dede, aka “Tree Man“, is an Indonesian fisherman who has been slowly changing from a human into a tree… or at least that is what it appears. After cutting his knee as a teenager, Dede began to grow tree like warts that have baffled local doctors and medical experts for over 20 years.
Victorian Smelling salts -- Maybe it was the tight corsets, but fainting was a common problem for Victorian women. Police constables would carry salts made from a strong ammonia solution, in a whistle-sized container, to wake them up.
Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1892. “In diaries and letter from the late nineteenth century, women medical students sometimes wrote of their resolve to prove that they could engage in all aspects of medical study and practice without compromising dignity or sacrificing the appearance of femininity. The choice of dress for the dissecting room was one common subject in such reflections.”