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The History of Foot Binding in China

The History of Foot Binding in China

Hi, my name is Marcy Engleman and I’m the Museum Educator for the Mütter Museum. Today, I am here to talk to you about a specific form of body modification known as foot binding. [Music] This practice took place in China from around the 10th century during the Song Dynasty and it continued for over …

How do blood transfusions work? – Bill Schutt

In 1881, doctor William Halsted rushed to help his sister Minnie, who was hemorrhaging after childbirth. He quickly inserted a needle into his arm, withdrew his own blood, and transferred it to her. After a few uncertain minutes, she began to recover. Halsted didn’t know how lucky they’d gotten. His transfusion only worked because he …

Pellagra – A Medical Mystery – Extra History

Pellagra – A Medical Mystery – Extra History

In 1902, a new disease appeared in the American South. Each spring red scabby rashes would flare up among victims’ faces, arms and legs. They’d become depressed and lose weight, suffering terrible diarrhea. The worst cases went mad, speaking to the dead or snatching up kitchen knives to hunt invisible intruders. When the weather cooled, …

The History of Gout | The Disease of Kings

The History of Gout | The Disease of Kings

Gout sounds like a horrifically painful condition brought on by affluence that was considered fashionable and a sign of wealth. Though we know now what causes gout, a buildup in uric acid caused by a rich diet of meats and booze that mostly affects men. It was a malady met with a lot of confusion …

The History of Amputation Explained

The History of Amputation Explained

How did amputation at one point become a common medical procedure? How did people get the idea that cutting off a leg would heal a person rather than making them bleed to death? How do you remove a leg without anesthetics, without antisepsis to clean the wound, and without cutting circulation once the leg has …

Plague Doctor

Plague Doctor

The Plague Doctor The 17th century In Italy 1656-57 Devastating outbreaks of “Bubonic Plague” In Naples, Rome, and Genoa Killed approximately 200 -400 thousand people. Its unknown where this deadly plague originated But It’s said to spread from Naples where restrictions and precautions Were none existence In this cities Plague Doctor’s were hired To treat …