Unbelievable surgical operations in ancient times
Archaeologists in the Burnt City have discovered what appears to be an ancient prosthetic eye. What makes this discovery exceptionally awesome is the striking description of how the owner and her false eye would have appeared while she was still alive and blinking: [The eye] has a hemispherical form and a diameter of just over 2.5 cm (1 inch). It consists of very light material, probably bitumen paste. The surface of the artificial eye is covered with a thin layer of gold, engraved with a…
Body modification in Mindanao
I found the photo above while searching for something totally unrelated. Unfortunately the accompanying text at the link is in ?Romanian. All I can discern is the place names of Mindanao and the Philippines, and some words that look like "modify" and "rudimentary instruments." A TinEye reverse-image-search doesn't help, and Babelfish doesn't offer a Romanian-to-English option. And I can't find anything relevant with the googling. The lady's lower teeth look to be intact, and black probably…
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Casualties of War - Facemask for very bad wounded man - The very nature of trench warfare proved diabolically conducive to head and facial injuries. This leaded to tremendous advancements in plastic surgery and facial reconstruction. However, not all surgeries were successful. It was grimly accepted that facial disfigurement was the most traumatic of the multitude of horrific damages the war inflicted.