10 Bizarre Medical Practices In The Past That Will Freak You Out!
Advancements in the medical industry have blessed us with a healthy life. However, in the past, the medical practices were weird as it would make our body experiment certain substances that were certainly not good for our bodies. In this article, we will look over the medical treatments that will make you appreciate today's medical advancements.
To relieve toothache.
Egyptians used various techniques to ease their pain and dead mouse paste was one of them. They mashed the dead mouse and mixed it with other ingredients to relieve the pain. Later it was found that it causes infection in the mouth. *Happy realization*
Heroin was produced as a replacement for morphine. There was an attempt to make a drug that is less addictive; however, the contrary happened. From 1898 to 1910, it was sold as a cough syrup.
For weight loss.
Methamphetamine was used to dispel the excessive craving for food and to release dopamine. Following the consideration of side effects, it was withdrawn from the shelves.
In the 1920s, the polio epidemic devastated hundreds of thousands life. To save lives, researchers came up with Iron lungs. Kids afflicted with the disease were put in iron lungs to help them breathe effectively after their chest muscles were paralyzed.
Before nicotine’s side effects were widely accepted, the smoking was used as a medical treatment. The most shocking thing I can see in the ad is “Not Recommended for Children under 6.”
For mental illness.
The idea behind lobotomy was to cure mental illness by drilling hole in the skull and to alter brain serves. The last bizarre surgery was performed in 1967 after it ended in the patient’s death!
Another solution for weight loss.
Tapeworm diet: The idea behind it is to help with weight loss. When a person consumes a tapeworm egg, it will hatch inside the person’s intestine and ingest whatever person eats.
Ancient energy drink.
Today Redbull gives you wings but in the past, energy drink named Radithor gave you the boost in the energy. It contained Radium and invented by Harvard dropout, William J. A. Bailey.
To prolong life.
We know that inhaling mercury can egregiously damage your internal organs. Before the 1900s, this Wintergreen flavor mercury was used to maintain good health.
Crocodile dung for birth control.
In ancient Egypt, the crocodile dung was inserted into the vagina for contraception. It totally works as birth control as it might kill the women and hence no pregnancy.
To relieve the person from the pain in the back, muscles, the person was recommended to stay in the rotten whale carcass for 12 hours. That’s insane, right!