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In the early days of X-rays, some doctors didn't recognize that gravity pulled down the internal organs when standing, as they were used to seeing organs in either cadavers or patients lying down during surgery. Thousands of unnecessary operations were performed to tack up 'dropped organs'.

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ca. 1895, Portrait of female medical students performing a dissection - via A Morning’s Work: Medical Photographs from the Burns Archive, Stanley B. Burns

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Nurse wearing a mask as protection against influenza. September 13, 1918. The Influenza Epidemic of 1918.

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Irish doctor, Robert Collis, carrying child Holocaust survivor Zoltan Zinn-Collis, Bergen-Belsen 1945. After the war, Dr. Collis adopted 5 orphans from Belsen, including Zoltan and his sister. A True Hero.

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Journalist Dorothy Kilgallen was the only person to have a private interview with Jack Ruby, the man who shot Lee Oswald. She told friends about the JFK assassination "If its the last thing I do I'm going to break this case" -she never did. She was found dead in mysterious circumstances on Nov 8th 1965

Female hysteria once common medical diagnosis. Today no longer recognized as disorder. During this time, female hysteria was widely associated with sexual dissatisfaction. For this reason, the patients would undergo weekly “pelvic massages.” During these sessions, a doctor would manually stimulate the female’s genitals, until the patient experienced repeated “hysterical paroxysm” (orgasms).

1933, Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels (seated). Alfred Eisenstaedt (the photographer) recalled that Goebbels smiled at him until he learned that Eisenstaedt was Jewish -- a moment Eisenstaedt captured in this photo. Suddenly, "he looked at me with hateful eyes and waited for me to wither," the photographer recalled. "But I didn't wither." Not only didn't he wither, but he managed to take perhaps the most chilling portrait of pure evil. CREEPY.

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fra BuzzFeed

40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken

40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken - Boy hears for the first time in his life, by the use of early hearing aid.

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