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German academic fencing and scarification is the topic of our latest book, Mensur & Schmiss: German Dueling Societies, A Photographic History, available through our website.

Here we see workers harvesting the sap of pine trees for distillation to make turpentine. While turpentine had been used medicinally throughout history, we strongly advise against drinking the stuff.

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A patient undergoing diathermia treatment, c.1920s.

 
Diathermia was an early popular form of shock therapy, using galvanized current to treat psychosis, even though many doctors considered the treatment to be unsafe and unreliable. 


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Electro-therapy treatment for throat disease, c.1890.


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Photograph of brain surgery, c.1920.
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