Early Medical Photography (Late 19th to Early 20th Century B&W)

Early Medical Photography (Late 19th to Early 20th Century B&W)

It’s been a while since we’ve had any ancient, Black and White photos on Best Gore so let’s fix that. This is a collection of Early Medical Photography from mid 19th century (circa 1843) till mid 20th century (circa 1939). All photos are in Black and White and bear certain atmosphere that is just difficult or impossible to mimic nowadays. Cameras back then took a while to set up. They were much clunkier and one wouldn’t be able to just pull one them of their pocket to readily point and shoot. As a result, the photos are posed and may seem as if they lacked in the gore department, but they make up for it with eerie mood and bizarre instruments medics of that time used on people.

Last time I posted sets of old black and white photos, I wasn’t sure if you’re gonna like it, but the overall response was positive, so I hope you’ll enjoy these early medical photos just as well:

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12 thoughts on “Early Medical Photography (Late 19th to Early 20th Century B&W)

  1. I love how they cover the head and shoulders of the woman with abnormal legs. Like you wouldn’t recognise this bitch if she was walking past, haha.

    Seriously, I enjoyed this return to curios for a change :-)

  2. Very interesting! With very little treatment options then some conditions really got out of hand. The boy and woman with the huge limbs probably had Proteus Syndrome- like Joseph Merrick (Elephant Man).

  3. the woman w/ enlarged legs might have elephantiasis cause by filariasis…..its really hard to think that patients a long time ago are operated w/o anesthesia ….it sucks….seeing yourself sliced open…

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