Precious Radium is Medicine’s Treacherous Helper (Feb, 1936)

Precious Radium is Medicine’s Treacherous Helper

Rare metal is teamed with common lead to become an ally of science.

Weird masks impregnated with lead shield this doctor from the withering rays of radium held in the tiny vial. These same rays become healing agents when they are properly directed.

Left—-This solid lead container protects hospital attendants who transport radium. Above——Guarded by a lead shield containing thick lead glass, a nurse restores a vial of radium to its holder. Right—Lead vaults for radium. Box marked 100 contains one-tenth of a grain of radium. It is worth $7,500.

Lead is the only thing radium rays will not penetrate and without a lead shield, this interne must work at a distance. Right-—Radium is now valued at $1,000,000 an ounce. It looks like a white salt, and each grain must be well guarded.

Eyeglasses for Dogs (Apr, 1939)

There is actually a company called Doggles that sells prescription eyewear for your dog.

Eyeglasses for Dogs

BY MENTIONING that her dog seemed nearsighted, a girl customer started an optician of Geneva, Switzerland, on his way to becoming a specialist in fitting canines with glasses. Not only did he succeed in curing her pet, but now he has found a novel and profitable career in applying his newly discovered methods to other four-footed subjects.

EAR NOISES? (Feb, 1948)

The ELMO Co? Do they tickle the noise away?

If you suffer from those miserable ear noises and are Hard of Hearing due to catarrh of the head, write us NOW for proof of the good results our simple home treatment has accomplished for a great many people. NOTHING TO WEAR. Many past 70 report ear noises gone and hearing fine. Send NOW for proof and 30 days trial offer.
THE ELMO CO., Dept 1243, Davenport, Iowa

New Lung Lets Patient Sit Up (Nov, 1953)

New Lung Lets Patient Sit Up
A polio victim needn’t lie on his back in this new respirator, being tested at the Harvard School of Public Health. It was designed to give a patient a more normal view of the world than he gets when confined to other “iron lungs.” He sits on a comfortable chair that can be raised, lowered and otherwise adjusted.


Wow, those people really like laxatives, look at how happy they are!

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Women and Smokers Have Steadier Nerves, Device Proves (Jun, 1935)

Gee. I wonder what magnanimous lobby could have paid for that study….

Women and Smokers Have Steadier Nerves, Device Proves
WOMEN are better than men when it comes to a steady hand and certainty of aim, according to Dr. H. H. Seashore, University of Southern California psychologist. More startling, perhaps, is the discovery that tobacco-users are steadier than non-users. To carry out his experiments, the doctor employs an unique device. A pistol handle is grasped by the subject so that rays from a tiny mirror are deflected through a grid into a photoelectric cell which automatically records hand tremors.

New Device Permits Patient To Administer Gas (Jul, 1938)

Sticking with the theme of nitrous oxide, we have this adorable piece of head-gear.

New Device Permits Patient To Administer Gas
A NEW device makes it possible for a patient to administer gas rather than having it done by the dentist. The patient takes the gas by working a small bulb held in the hand. Thus it is possible to take only as much as necessary for producing a state of analgesia.

The Gas That Makes You Laugh (Jun, 1949)

This is a Popular Science article from 1949 which teaches budding young chemists how to make nitrous oxide. It even helpfully explains that the gas produces “a feeling of exhilaration when inhaled”.

Other articles in this series include:

  • The crystal which eliminates the need for sleep.
  • The dust that lets you lift a car.
  • The weed that makes you feed.
  • The liquid that gives you control of time and space

The Gas That Makes You Laugh

Chemists call it nitrous oxide. You can generate this and other oxides of nitrogen in a home laboratory.

By Kenneth M. Swezey

AN ACHING tooth is never tunny, but i. the dentist who yanks it out may well first put you to sleep with a few whiffs of nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas.”

Origins of CSI (Jul, 1953)

This is an excellent 1953 article on the beginnings of forensic science. It covers the establisment of a forensic school at harvard, the switch from untrained coroners to skilled medical examiners and all sorts of modern forensic techniques. It also has pictures of amazingly detailed models made to recreate crime scenes for instructional purposes.

Mysterious Death Their Business

By Richard F. Dempewrolff

Death from causes unknown is a phrase that will drop from its too frequent use in the nation’s homicide files if a new kind of investigator has anything to say about it.

Today, on en upper floor in a remote wing of the Harvard Medical School, an eerie atmosphere hangs over a certain laboratory headed by pathologist Dr. Richard Ford. Called the Department of Legal Medicine, its business is concerned with unexplained death.

Sightless eyes stare at intruders from a row of life-sized plaster heads of murder victims—one with slashed throat, another with a bullet hole drilled through one temple, trickling a painted red stream against its death-white cheek. Beneath them, rows of plaster chest sections are perforated with accurately simulated bullet holes and powder burns typical of wounds inflicted by various-caliber bullets at varying distances.

Self-Administered Anesthetic (Feb, 1952)

Self-Administered Anesthetic
Medical and dental patients can administer a mild anesthetic to themselves with a bulb-operated instrument designed to relax nervous tension. The instrument fits over the patient’s nose. In his hand he holds the rubber bulb which administers the analgesic. When he relaxes he automatically stops pumping the bulb but can resume pumping at any time. The relaxed stage lasts from 1 to 1 1/2 minutes and leaves no ill effects.