ADHD is a disorder that causes its sufferers to lose focus easily. It’s an exhausting condition. Luckily, we have medicine now that helps combat those symptoms. Breakthroughs in modern medicine have allowed us to pinpoint the problem, which helps those dealing with ADHD lead more fulfilling lives.

Back in the day, though, they weren’t so lucky. This is a contraption known as “The Isolator.” It was meant to improve focus and attention for the wearer, but it just looks like a torture device.

The Isolator was a device invented by Hugo Gernsback in the 1920s that was designed to help people concentrate.

The Isolator was a device invented by Hugo Gernsback in the 1920s that was designed to help people concentrate.

It rendered the wearer deaf and pumped them full of oxygen from a tank.

It rendered the wearer deaf and pumped them full of oxygen from a tank.

The user could only see out of the tiny slits in the helmet so they could focus solely on the task in front of them. It was like the human version of horse blinders, basically.

(via Laughing Squid)

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