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Yup'ik shaman exorcising evil spirits from a sick boy, Nushagak, Alaska, 1890s

Yup'ik shaman exorcising evil spirits from a sick boy, Nushagak, Alaska, 1890s

During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies.    A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.

During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies. A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.

Vintage 1930s Medical Mummy Man.

Vintage 1930s Medical Mummy Man Broken Bones

From the book  Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880–1930, by John Harley Warner and James M. Edmonson

From the book Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880–1930, by John Harley Warner and James M. Edmonson

An 18th century hand-illustrated page from an Ottoman Turk dental book showing a molar infected with toothworms. As early as Babylonian times and lasting well into the eighteenth century, it was thought that a toothache was caused by worms. (The theory was disproved by Jacob Christian Schaffer in 1757.) These worms were depicted in art as dwelling with the demons of Hell and feeding upon the sinners.

An 18th century hand-illustrated page from an Ottoman Turk dental book showing a molar infected with toothworms. As early as Babylonian times and lasting well into the eighteenth century, it was thought that a toothache was caused by worms. (The theory was disproved by Jacob Christian Schaffer in 1757.) These worms were depicted in art as dwelling with the demons of Hell and feeding upon the sinners.

Why limp about & pain endure. When Gargling Oil is sure to cure? Merchant's Gargling Oil a liniment for man & beast. (front).

Why limp about & pain endure. When Gargling Oil is sure to cure? Merchant's Gargling Oil a liniment for man & beast. (front).

☤ MD ☞☆☆☆ Vintage medical print of boy in electric by PrimrosePrints. See: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/287386019942122236/

Creepy vintage medical print of boy in electric bath, galvanic, photography, photo, history, unusual, oddity

☤ MD ☞☆☆☆ Vintage medical print of boy in electric by PrimrosePrints. See: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/287386019942122236/

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