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NSFW Gore: Cancer Patients in the 1800s

Cancer has plagued the human body since at least 3000 BC, when the earliest description of tumors was scripted on papyrus in Egypt. However, it wasn’t until the 19th century that oncology developed as a science. In the 1800s, with the advent of the modern microscope, surgeons were able to perfect techniques for the removal of certain cancerous tissues like tumors. Many people with cancerous tumors either didn’t have access to regular medical treatments, or they applied folk remedies that didn’t address the problem, so the problems grew to massive proportions. Below I’ve collected a gallery of seriously sick people from the 1800s, whose tumors and cancers have become huge deformities and were documented by early medical photographers. Enjoy! Just don’t eat while you’re looking at these…

 

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Info via cancer.org

Photos via Burns Archive

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Nils CB

    June 19, 2015 at 10:45 am

    WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE

  2. John Sawicki Sr.

    June 19, 2015 at 9:25 am

    That is epic

  3. Tom Knowles

    June 19, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Jemma

  4. Nick Rockey

    June 19, 2015 at 2:34 am

    When I see a warning such as this, I deliberately eat while looking at it to see if it actually upsets my stomach.

    • Satisha King

      June 19, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      Try watching the Mexican drug cartel beheading video while eating 🙂

  5. Karro Dahl

    June 19, 2015 at 2:32 am

    Meat as meat

  6. Eel Splatterson

    June 19, 2015 at 1:43 am

    Ugh. That’s really sad for those people.

  7. Elliott Steven Holmes

    June 19, 2015 at 1:33 am

    Ate threw it. (Y)

  8. Aj Raymundo Garcia

    June 19, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Sepada

  9. Bernard Fort

    June 19, 2015 at 12:04 am

    thanks !

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