This collection of dubious medical devices reminds us that sometimes, medicine is best left to the doctors. Exhibits on display include a phrenological machine that gauges personality by measuring the size of bumps on the head, a foot-powered breast enlarger, and glasses and soap products designed for weight-loss.
You can still have your phrenology read by the fully functional machine today, and as the machine outlines the bumps on your skull, the phrenology reader "maps" intelligence, morality, and much more. Machines such as these were all the rage at State Fairs of the early 1900s, as were other questionable medical devices. The infomercials of their time, these snake oils and pseudoscience gadgets could cure impotence, tell how smart you were, and make you live forever.
Read more about this strange museum within a museum at Atlas Obscura. Link
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If you ever lose your hearing again, I suggest you get a referral to an ENT as a unilateral hearing loss is a serious medical concern and family doctors are not qualified to assess such a case.
"This collection of dubious medical devices reminds us that..." science, medicine and doctors can be wrong.