The invention of the stethoscope was inspired by a rather embarrassing moment in a young French doctor’s life. You can read more about René Laennec here.
Safety coffins designs were mostly created during the 18th and 19th centuries, when the fear of being buried alive was quite common, due to numerous epidemics and popular fiction.
This week’s comic was inspired by the first episode of Lore, “They Made a Tonic.”
Bloodletting used to be one of the most popular medical practices, as it was supposed to bring the balance between the four humors inside the human body and thus treat all ailments, from rashes to tuberculosis. Check out this SciShow video to see what role leeches played in the whole process.