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Mar

Victorian medicine

   Posted by: cholmondeley   in Technology

New Scientist have just published a series of a dozen “bizarre devices from medicine’s dark past”. Like the late Victorian male chastity belt pictured, they’re fascinating and scary in equal measure.

The redoubtable journal also recounts that an 1886 method for guessing a person’s height based on parental heights, age and sex is apparently ten times as accurate as our best current genetics technology—but of course that says more about the state of genetics than it does about the state of Victorian medicine.

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