16 Jun 2013


Be happy that you live now and not in 18hundred something ! If ever you would have to have a surgery, it would have been without anesthesia !

This was the hospital "Notre Dame à la Rose" which we visited

We were welcomed by a huge poster of this sympathetic looking surgeon and a nurse (nuns) carrying two babies

He rather looked like a butcher !

The instruments looked like household tools ! Saws, knives etc

it's a miracle that people survived !

Unfortunately photos with flash were not allowed so not all pictures of the horror instruments came out clear enough. But I think this gives already an idea ! 

If you were not "normal" they tried to open your head by sawing off the top  and then put a screw inside to pull out the bad spirit ! The head was fixed with all these clips.

It was an interesting but rather creepy exposition !


A Lady's Life said...

Terrible. Wasn't it? They must have knocked the person out and if not people probably lost consciousness from the pain

Kat said...

I agree Gattina, the surgeon looks like a butcher! I'm glad I didn't live during that time.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina .. at lest their work brought them to the hospitals of today .. though I'd have hated to have need of their services! Great photos despite the lack of flash ..

Cheers Hilary

Linens and Royals said...

The surgeon was most likely a butcher and a carpenter in his spare time as he seems to have the tools for both. Hence the stained apron. Wonder what happened to the skull's front teeth.

Andrew said...

Surgeons used to pour rum, brandy or whiskey into their patients to dull pain.

My sister's partner, the Bone Doctor (orthopaedic surgeon) uses some quite gruesome saws and drills.

jennyfreckles said...

Many reasons for being glad to be alive right now - these included!

Fun60 said...

We have a lot to be thankful for.

Loree said...

Creepy indeed. That surgeon looks scary.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We went to a medical museum something like that once ... I think it was in Missouri. Does make you grateful for being alive today (and also gave me nightmares for a while).