These 7 antique medical devices will make you shudder

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It’s a good thing we live in the times of modern medicine. Historically, medical devices have been scary and unorthodox – and sometimes amounted to downright quackery.

Surprisingly, a lot of these devices were thought to be useful in their era, long before the U.S. FDA started preapproving devices (which wasn’t until the 1970s).

You may have heard of the Relaxacizor, but what about dairy pumps and beer hoses for open heart surgery? Here are seven scary antique devices that doctors actually used. They’ll make you glad to be living in this era.

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