April 29, 2018

Made in 1894 in Vienna, this stunning example of medical quackery was invented by Gustav Gaertner, an Austrian pathologist. Gaertner earned his doctorate in 1879 from the University of Vienna, where he conducted scientific studies of kidney functions, experiments deali...

April 18, 2018

It’s amazing, simply by holding the device in your hand, you can make water boil? Is it magic? Actually, this could be used as a very crude blood pressure estimator. As there is a more or less direct relation between hand temperature and blood pressure, a person with l...

April 2, 2018

I HAVE COCAINE AT HOME... Yes indeed, in the HealthWorks Collection are several emergency kits, some of which contain such exotic things as ampoules of cocaine, caffeine, morphine and digitalis. Guess I know now why I am so popular with my 22-year-old daughter's fr...

March 24, 2018

This photo has been previously mislabeled as being a photo of Samuel Von Basch, but as Von Basch was born in 1837 and the device on the photo dates from 1898, it is definitely not Von Basch, but rather Riva-Rocci himself demonstrating the use of his new sphygmomanomete...

March 20, 2018

We all die of a broken heart... The moment that the heart stops beating indicates the end of life. The heart is the most important organ in our body, yet we abuse it, both emotionally and physically. You only have one heart, love it, always and forever...

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