The International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago is like a walk through time—a time when removing part of a patient's skull for “therapeutic” purposes was considered normal.
has an inside look:
From graphic paintings of childbirth to a vast collection of often-ghastly tools of the trade, the Surgical Museum is a morbidly fascinating journey into the blood-spattered beginnings of modern medicine. After a look at these hair-raising exhibits, you might remark that while the United States may be in serious need of health care reform, at least we have anesthetics and the germ theory of disease.
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