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Démence Précoce Catatonique Dermographisme. L Trepsat, 1893. From ‘Nouvelle Iconographie de la Salpêtrière’, 1904.    During the second hald of the 19th century, the belief spread that the phenomenon of dermatographism (or ‘dermographism’, or ‘skin writing’) was linked to hysteria and other mental or nervous disorders. Here a female patient at the Salpêtrière hospital in Paris has had her diagnosis ‘Démence précoce’ (dementia praecox) ‘written’ on her back.

weirdvintage: Female patient in Paris had diagnosis dementia praecox written on her back, phenomenon of dermographism or skin writing, by L Trepsat, 1893

. apparatus to mend a broken jaw, 19th century

Apparatus to treat broken jaw, from Karl Witzel’s Chirurgie und Prothetik bei Kiefererkrankungen,

Miss Smith photographed by Francis Galton  (relative of Chas. Darwin who believed in Eugenics as the cure for social ills...along with Pres. Wilson, A Hitler, O.W. Holmes etc.etc.)

Miss Smith photographed by Francis Galton (relative of Chas. Darwin who believed in Eugenics as the cure for social ills. Wilson, A Hitler, O. Holmes etc.

Photographs: From the book Iconographie Photographique De La Salpêtrière (1877-1880), sourced from Wikipedia Commons and The Waring Historical Library online exhibit Dr. John-Martin Charcot and the Theater of Medicine.

Photographs: From the book Iconographie Photographique De La Salpêtrière sourced from Wikipedia Commons and The Waring Historical Library online exhibit Dr. John-Martin Charcot and the Theater of Medicine.

ISABEL de B.  Admitted: ?  Discharged: ?  Age: 44  Condition: Melancholy  Hopital Vilardebó de Montevideo was opened on May 21st 1880 and was known as Manicomio Nacional (National Madhouse) and had the capacity to house 700 patients. In 1915, it became one of the most important asylums of South America and had 1500 patients.

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Nellie Bly: First investagative reporter(1987) Had herself committed, spending 10 days on at the mental institution on Blackwell Island. After her return, she wrote a shocking piece chronicling the experience, including beatings, ice baths, and force-fed meals. The shocking piece received a lot of attention, and inspired some reforms of New York's mental institutions.

Nellie Bly - century marvel, she was a well known journalist who was famous for her asylum exposé in Nellie had faked insanity for a better look inside the women’s asylum. Another achievement of Nellie's was her journey around the world in 72 days.

Nipper Morgan before treatment. Victorian Skin Complaints – Wakefield Asylum

Nipper Morgan before treatment (Victorian skin ailment at Wakefield Asylum)

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For more than three decades, two amazing relics of medical history lay rotting underneath a Yale University dorm—Dr. Harvey Cushing’s collection of brains, and his collection of patient photography

This elixir was ingested to kill intestinal parasites—and hopefully not their human host. Turpentine still has modern medicinal uses, but usually in chest rubs (Vicks, for example) and not drinkable medicines.

11 Bizarre and Dangerous Items Sold by Sears in 1902

CURE: Spirits of Turpentine. This elixir was ingested to kill intestinal parasites—and hopefully not their human host. Turpentine still has modern medicinal uses, but usually in chest rubs (Vicks, for example) and not drinkable medicines.

Emily Lane. A private patient admitted to City of London Asylum in May 1900. Her husband lived in London, her sister in Oxford. The Bow Road Workhouse became an infirmary from which a number of patients would be referred to the City of London Asylum

A private patient admitted to City of London Asylum in May Her husband lived in London, her sister in Oxford. The Bow Road Workhouse became an infirmary from which a number of patients would be referred to the City of London Asylum

This French lady was also a patient for ‘mania’

Eerie black and white portraits show the troubled faces of psychiatric patients in the 1880s

Eerie black and white portraits show the troubled faces of psychiatric patients in the

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