Thursday, April 8, 2010

Weird Medical Treatment From the Past

This plate, from a 1925 edition of a Sir Norman Walker’s Introduction to Dermatology, shows how children in hospital wards were prevented from scratching their skin. Bound up mummy like, they were tied to the foot and head of the bed and allowed some freedom of movement so that their hands could reach a toy. The Doctor advised, “In a few hours it is generally quite resigned to the fetters.”

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