15 Minor Injuries That Would Have Killed You 200 Years Ago

Have you ever thought about how great we have it medically? If you break your arm, you can go to the doctor and have it put in a cast. Sure, it’s unpleasant for around six weeks or so, but it doesn’t kill you. Medical science has come a long way in the last 20 years, never mind 200! It seems like every day we’re one step closer to curing really dangerous diseases, mostly because we have a lot of the smaller stuff under control.

There’s no doubt that some of these minor wounds can still wreck serious havoc on your body – hello, the flu! But, given the right circumstances and the wrong care, you’re still not likely to die from a paper cut. All these major and minor diseases aside, there were a lot more serious reasons to worry about death two centuries ago. Have you ever thought what it would be like for someone in the 1800s if they got sick? They certainly couldn’t run to the store and pick up some medication.

Here’s a look at 15 minor injuries that would have spelled a death sentence for folks that lived 200 years ago.

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