The earliest known prosthesis, a toe from ancient Egypt.
Dating back to the period 950 to 710 B.C.E, this wooden toe once belonged to an Egyptian noblewoman and would have assisted in walking, as well as contributing aesthetically.
Beautiful copperplate images from Adriaan van de Spiegel’s De formato foetu liber singularis, published in Padua in 1626. They were drawn by Odoardo Fialetti and engraved by Francesco Valesio for the anatomist Julius Casserius, professor of anatomy at the University of Padua. Casserius died before publishing his anatomical atlas, and the plates were eventually acquired by a physician named Liberale Crema, who used them to illustrate his father-in-law Adriaan van de Spiegel’s text on generation.
Decaying Corpse study by Yoshimura Lanzhou, Edo era.
Original caption: “Illustrating important anterior (and posterior) areas for sedative, stimulating, tonic, counter-irritant and other local applications to influence the internal organs and tissues marked in outline.”
High Frequency Electric Currents in Medicine and Dentistry. S.H. Monell. 1910.
The osteology of the hand and wrist, from William Cheselden’s Osteographia, or the Anatomy of the Bones (1733)
These twenty-seven bones afford you the greatest dexterity of all known life on Earth. Opposable thumbs grant humans and some other species the ability to better manipulate their surroundings and make complex tools.
From the Musée de la Médicine de Bruxelles
"Dissection at the Yale School of Medicine around 1910"
Soldiers posing with wax model of original wound
A woman with a synthetic leg
The real Rocky Dennis with his mother. He suffered from CDD or ‘lionitis’ a very rare craniofacial abnormality that affects 1 in 200,000,000 people. Pressure on his brain caused his death at age 16.
In the 1800s, the drinking water in the city of Utrecht, The Netherlands, was severely lacking in iodine. Because of this mineral deficiency, people suffered a thyroid condition, named “Utrechtse Krop” by doctors at the town’s university hospital. Photos taken of patients in the University Hospital were published in a book by Paul Kooiker.
Samuel Decker, 4th U.S. Artillery, double arm amputee