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The Altered Faces Of War

World War 1 Veteran Face Mask

Given its crushing trench nature and use of large-caliber artillery, World War One saw some of the most devastating wounds suffered by soldiers in the history of warfare. Before the days of sophisticated reconstructive and plastic surgery, physicians were tasked with covering the scars, gaping holes and gashes streaked across the faces of thousands of veterans. Convening art with science in pursuit of the greater good, surgeons and sculptors worked together to create masks to conceal these devastating, identity-consuming histories from the veteran and the public, allowing veterans to lead something of a normal life following their return home.

Each mask, which was custom-designed and made of either rubber or metal, bore the face of the affected man’s pre-war portrait. And while the remaining black and white photos don’t necessarily convey the masks’ sculpting or painting accuracy, veteran thank-you letters to the mask-makers provide all the proof you need. Said one, “Thanks to you, I will have a home…The woman I love no longer finds me repulsive, as she had a right to do.”

Read more about it at the Smithsonian.

Six Of The World’s Most Bizarre Modern Medical Treatments

Frog juice

Frog juice is a concoction from Peru that is believed to restore the sex drive of its drinker. The Peruvian Viagra is a mixture of honey, aloe vera plant, an Andean root plant and – as the name suggests – a no longer ribbiting frog.

Bizarre Modern Medical Treatments: Beer Spas

Bizarre Modern Medicine Beer Spa

Source: Morava 24

In the Czech Republic, the effective treatment of sore muscles and joints, relaxation and improved complexion can all be achieved through one thing – a beer spa. As the name suggests, the sufferer bathes in beer, where the yeast is said to have cleansing properties.


Bizarre Modern Medicine Beer Spa 2

Source: Hotel Horal

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Six Of History’s Most Outrageous Medical Treatments

The Thomas Jefferson Ritter methods

Originally published in 1910, the Mother’s Remedies: Over One Thousand Tried and Tested Remedies from Mothers of the United States and Canada by Dr. Thomas Jefferson Ritter had a host of peculiar panaceas for common ailments. Among the bizarre medical treatments, Dr. Ritter prescribed cocaine for nasal congestion; an olive oil, ammonia, egg and turpentine concoction or cocaine for sore throat; inhaling chloroform for asthma; and a mixture of cannabis and lard for acne.

Removing cataracts

Outrageous Historical Treatments Cataract Removal

In the Middle Ages, cataracts were removed by inserting a sharp instrument – a knife or large needle – through the cornea and forcing the lens of the eye out of its capsule. So if your only Ophthalmological woe is in regards to your uncomfortable contacts, be thankful.

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