These 15 Old Medical Photos Will Make You Glad You Weren’t Born In The Past Science, Technology It cannot be overstated just how much of a miracle contemporary medical knowledge is. In the past, our understanding of health and the human body was so dim that the treatments were often more harmful than the ailments they sought to remedy. Yesteryear was a bad time to get sick. The “medical” practices on this list are all real, and are all totally horrifying. So next time you get the willies at the hospital, take a moment to give thanks that at least the doctors know what they’re doing. 1. Rickets Tanning for Babies blog.livedoor.jp People used to think you could stave off rickets in babies by exposing them to industrial strength tanning lights. The babies may look cute, but this is not healthy for them. This treatment is no longer administered.