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Lebensweker “Life awakener” invented by Carl Baunscheidt. This was a quack medical instrument widely used in Europe and America in the 19th century.   Pulling back and releasing the spring-loaded mechanism would puncture the skin with a number of  sharp needles. The theory was that this would act as a counter-irritant which would distract the body’s focus away from the main injury.

Lebensweker “Life awakener” invented by Carl Baunscheidt. This was a quack medical instrument widely used in Europe and America in the 19th century. Pulling back and releasing the spring-loaded mechanism would puncture the skin with a number of sharp needles. The theory was that this would act as a counter-irritant which would distract the body’s focus away from the main injury.

Nose Shapers is at your service! Published in Mother's Home Life newspaper, June 1925.

Nose Shapers is at your service! Published in Mother's Home Life newspaper, June 1925.

Iron slave collar, Roman, fourth-sixth century CE The inscription says "I have run away; hold me. When   you shall have returned me to my master, Zoninus, you will receive a   gold coin". This was sealed around the slave's neck so there was no way to take it off.

Iron slave collar, Roman, fourth-sixth century CE The inscription says "I have run away; hold me. When you shall have returned me to my master, Zoninus, you will receive a gold coin". This was sealed around the slave's neck so there was no way to take it off.

"Symbol of Life", a U.S. Army Nurse Corps recruiting poster, via flickr.com/photos/raycadaster

"Symbol of Life", a U.S. Army Nurse Corps recruiting poster, via flickr.com/photos/raycadaster

Chastity Belts (1400s-1930s) Chastity belts were designed to keep women "pure," preventing consensual and non-consensual sexual intercourse (and masturbation) by enclosing the genitalia in a shackle-like contraption. The belts, typically made of leather and metal, featured a locking mechanism and included small holes to allow urination and defecation -- but nothing else.

Chastity Belts (1400s-1930s) Chastity belts were designed to keep women "pure," preventing consensual and non-consensual sexual intercourse (and masturbation) by enclosing the genitalia in a shackle-like contraption. The belts, typically made of leather and metal, featured a locking mechanism and included small holes to allow urination and defecation -- but nothing else.

American Horror Story Murder House FX Set Design

The Real "American Horror Story" Murder House in L.A.

11 Memories of Not-So-Modern Medicine. A little history lesson for all the younger folks in this profession.

11 Items You'll No Longer Find in Medicine Cabinets

11 Memories of Not-So-Modern Medicine. A little history lesson for all the younger folks in this profession.

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