Maybe the good old days weren't so good. A visit to the Country Doctor Museum in the Nash County town of Bailey might lead you to that conclusion.
For instance, there's the ghastly tooth key that combines a corkscrew apparatus with pliers that a dentist would use to yank out a molar 100 years ago.
Or you can view the battery-powered shock therapy kits or bloodletting boxes. There are also silver-coated pills and hacksaws used in amputations.
Families of doctors who practiced in eastern North Carolina between the late 1800s and the early 1900s donated many of the items.
The Country Doctor Museum is located about 35 minutes east of
Raleigh off U-S 264. It's run by East Carolina University.