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From medieval medicine to 18th century English "crack," gin has come a long way. But according to Richard Barnett, author of The Book of Gin, now is "the best time in the last 500 years to be drinking" it.

From medieval medicine to 18th century English "crack," gin has come a long way. But according to Richard Barnett, author of The Book of Gin, now is "the best time in the last 500 years to be drinking" it.

17.  A c. 1860 Judaic antique circumcision shield.  This Jewish ritual antique circumcision guard has quite decorative pierced-work and engraved floral designs.  It also features a Magen David.

17. A c. 1860 Judaic antique circumcision shield. This Jewish ritual antique circumcision guard has quite decorative pierced-work and engraved floral designs. It also features a Magen David.

Today a banner ad would say “Try this 1 weird old trick for better bowels.” Ad ostensibly for Sunkist lemons (the raw form of the product they still make today, bottled lemon juice), and does that...

☤ MD ☞☆☆☆ Two nurses treating a victim of the 1918 Flu Pandemic. This photograph was taken in 1918, and shows two nurses treating a victim of the 1918 Flu Pandemic. The first confirmed case of this outbreak occurred on March 11, in the year 1918. While this pandemic is largely forgotten today, it is estimated that 50 to 100 million people died worldwide, making it one of the most deadly pandemics in history.

☤ MD ☞☆☆☆ Two nurses treating a victim of the 1918 Flu Pandemic. This photograph was taken in 1918, and shows two nurses treating a victim of the 1918 Flu Pandemic. The first confirmed case of this outbreak occurred on March 11, in the year 1918. While this pandemic is largely forgotten today, it is estimated that 50 to 100 million people died worldwide, making it one of the most deadly pandemics in history.

Bethlem Royal Hospital in London. Bethlem, the world's oldest institution specializing in the mentally ill, started admitting unbalanced patients in 1357. Throughout most of its history the conditions in the asylum were atrocious. For example, in the 18th century the public could pay a penny for the privilege of watching the "freaks"; they were even permitted to poke the caged patients with

Bethlem Royal Hospital in London. Bethlem, the world's oldest institution specializing in the mentally ill, started admitting unbalanced patients in 1357. Throughout most of its history the conditions in the asylum were atrocious. For example, in the 18th century the public could pay a penny for the privilege of watching the "freaks"; they were even permitted to poke the caged patients with

Louis Pasteur discovered that most infectious diseases are caused by germs, known as the "germ theory of disease," it is one of the most important discoveries in medical history.

The History of Medicine - Photos and Illustrations

Louis Pasteur discovered that most infectious diseases are caused by germs, known as the "germ theory of disease," it is one of the most important discoveries in medical history.

Fearing Polio in 1952.  My Aunt had polio and as a result she had withered legs all her life, but she could walk and became a nurse as a young woman.

Polio Summer

Fearing Polio in 1952. My Aunt had polio and as a result she had withered legs all her life, but she could walk and became a nurse as a young woman.

Dental phantom.  Dental students used this one in the late 1800's.

dental phantom

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