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Metal food grinder used in the kitchen of a mental health hospital, Victoria, Australia, circa 1880.  Collection: Museum Victoria

Metal food grinder used in the kitchen of a mental health hospital, Victoria, Australia, circa Collection: Museum Victoria

Clear glass jar containing Dragon’s Blood used in the pharmacy of a mental health hospital, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900. Dragon’s blood is a red resin prepared from fruits of climbing palms (Daemonorops draco). Used medicinally for the treatment of diarrhoea and severe syphilis source:  Museum Victoria

Summary: “Clear glass jar containing Dragon’s Blood used in the pharmacy of a mental health hospital, Victoria, Australia, circa Dragon’s blood is a red resin prepared from fruits of climbing.

Source: Museum Victoria Mortician’s Instrument Box - Wood & Metal, Sunbury, circa 1900 Summary: Mortician’s instrument box used in the morgue at the Sunbury Lunatic Asylum, later renamed Caloola Training Centre a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia. Box contains a selection of instruments used when conducting a post-mortem.

Source: Museum Victoria Mortician’s Instrument Box - Wood & Metal, Sunbury, circa 1900 Summary: Mortician’s instrument box used in the morgue at the Sunbury Lunatic Asylum, later renamed Caloola.

Davis & Kidder’s Patent Magneto Electric Machine For Nervous Diseases  A great piece of 19th-century medical quackery consisting of a brass mechanism that is cranked so that a static charge is built up and delivered through the 2 handles that the afflicted person is suppose to hold or apply to themselves. Retains its original printed label and instructions on the interior of the lid of its mahogany case.

Davis & Kidder’s Patent Magneto Electric Machine For Nervous Diseases A great piece of 19th-century medical quackery consisting of a brass mechanism that is cranked so that a static charge is built up and delivered through the 2 handles that the afflicted person is suppose to hold or apply to themselves. Retains its original printed label and instructions on the interior of the lid of its mahogany case.

Mouth Gag | 1930

Mouth gag, used to prop mouth open for procedures such as dentistry or tonsillectomy. Used in a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia, circa Collection: Museum Victoria

Pellagra is a disease caused by a niacin (B-vitamin) deficiency, lack of tryptophan (an amino acid) in the diet, or a failure to absorb these nutrients. Pellagra is common in parts of the world where people have a lot of corn in their diet. In the U.S., it was almost epidemic among the Southern poor who ate a diet high in corn, molasses, and fat-back.

Pellagra was defined as a specific disease around the turn of the century. Doctors diagnosed it by classic symptoms like dermatitis, diarrhea, and…dementia which frequently took the form of stupor and melancholy.

1898 Antique Medical Print Paediatric Medical Appliances Medical Equipment  Children Treatment Bronchitis Catheter Truss Vintage Bookplate. Antique engraved medical print "Appliances For The Nursery " from a book entitled " The Household Physician" published in 1898 by Blackie & Son Limited. The bookplate shows medical equipment used in the treatment of children with bronchitis as well as other paediatric medical appliances including a catheter, truss, nipple shield etc

1898 Antique Medical Print Paediatric Medical Appliances Medical Equipment Children Treatment Bronchitis Catheter Truss Vintage Bookplate

Heavy wooden cell door with peephole and locks from a single room. Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, circa 1867 - 1950

Heavy wooden cell door with peephole and locks from a single room. Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, circa 1867 - 1950

Chair formally used to treat violent patients.   An original glass negative taken from a New York state asylum in the early 20th Century.

oldmissbunny: “ghostintheashes: “ This chair was used to control violent patients at the New York State asylum in the early century. An unruly patient’s arms were strapped into the wooded wells, feet secured to the floor, and a belt tied around.

Straitjacket - Mayday Hills Hospital, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900  Heavy cream canvas straitjacket worn by female patients as a restraining device at a mental health hospital.

Straitjacket - Mayday Hills Hospital, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900 Heavy cream canvas straitjacket worn by female patients as a restraining device at a mental health hospital.

Dress - Navy Blue Cotton

Dress - Navy Blue Cotton, circa Worn by a patient in a mental health hospital in Victoria Australia

Bonnet - Brown Cotton bonnet worn by female patient in a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia, circa 1900.

Cotton bonnet worn by female patient in a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia, circa Collection: Museum Victoria

Hospital ward letter box, England, 1870-1910. Letter boxes in asylum wards allowed patients to communicate with the outside world. This example was collected from the Asylum Museum at St Audry's Hospital in Suffolk, England, when the hospital and the museum closed in the late 1980s.

Hospital ward letter box, England, Used extensively after the Lunacy Act of 1890 gave local officials the power to order internment, which caused asylum populations to skyrocket.

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