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Medicines can be tasteless and unpleasant, but we are almost 100% sure that they will help. In search of life-saving healing remedies, people turned to the most amazing methods, substances and mixtures.
Today it seems ridiculous to use some of them for medicinal purposes at all. Let's talk about the ten most insane drugs ever used by mankind.
Pain relieving syrup for children. When children are sick, you want to give everything to help them. But in the 19th century, people paid more attention to the problems of the state and the church than to health care, "thanks" to this, a whole series of such pain relieving syrups appeared. The sellers guaranteed that the miracle remedy is absolutely harmless to children's health. However, the secret turned out to be simple - the miraculous bottle was saturated with narcotic substances! More specifically, each bottle of syrup contained 65 milligrams of pure morphine. After a long time, the New York Times decided to investigate this "drug" by writing a revealing article. It turned out that the syrups of that time included sulfates, morphine hydrochloride, chloroform, heroin and codeine, hashish and opium. Is it any wonder that many children died from such an explosive mixture?
Mercury. Today, contact with mercury for many in itself causes panic, but there was a time - it was treated. One such doctor was Robert Patrick, who argued that almost all diseases could be cured with this liquid metal. The toxic properties of mercury are well known today. In case of poisoning with it, well-known symptoms are observed - problems with the lungs, pain in the chest, muscle spasms, coughing, hallucinations, and others. But all this did not seem to care much for people who, unsurprisingly, died from such treatment. They tried to treat with mercury, for example, even syphilis.
Heroin. Today it is the most dangerous drug, and in the 19th century, people treated coughs with heroin. It sounds strange: "Something starts to cough, I have to take heroin and the disease will pass." There is no need to talk again about the destructive effects of a poisonous drug. Nevertheless, in those days, heroin was considered a kind of "aspirin" that could relieve any person's cough.
Treatment of impotence with electric belts. In the 19th century, everyone was amazed by the miracle of electricity. They tried to apply it literally in all areas, sometimes without thinking about the consequences. According to one advertisement, a variety of electric beds and belts were produced. Such remedies allegedly helped with problems with potency. There was even an entire industry for the production of men's belts, luring buyers with promises that their penis could get bigger. But using such a miracle cure was quite difficult, and besides, it was also painful. Miracle belts, if they have remained in the memory of anyone, then not by cases of healings, but by loud cries of their owners.
Dissection of the brain. Imagine a visit to a psychiatrist, who will patiently listen to the problem and then give you the original recipe. According to the doctor, a foreign object should be placed in the brain. This is exactly how it was proposed to deal with mental problems back in the 1940s. The first half of the 20th brought brain dissection to medicine as a successful technique for dealing with mental disorders. The inventor of this method was even given the Nobel Prize in 1949. Over time, everyone realized that introducing a thorn into the brain was not at all the best way to deal with life's problems. But by that time, about 70 thousand people had already experienced all the delights of a healing lobotomy.
Urine therapy. This treatment is still popular today. Not among doctors. In the history of civilization, there were many people who believed in the miraculous properties of urine. It was believed that this liquid can cure a number of diseases, as well as simply keep health in good condition. Scientific evidence of such medicinal effects in urine has not been found, but urine therapy is still a popular technique in some patients, mainly the elderly.
Bloodletting. This remedy has been a very popular treatment for almost the entire history of medicine. The Greeks were the first to use bloodletting, until the 19th century, doctors continued to stubbornly treat bloodletting. Ample opportunities were attributed to this method - it was believed that it could help with almost any disease. Doctors believed that the blood contained four main substances, each of which was the cause of its own number of diseases. By doing bloodletting, it became possible to get rid of the causes of the disease. Do you think this makes some sense? Then the next time you get the flu, do yourself a little bloodletting. Will the loss of a couple liters of blood make you feel better?
Weight loss pills. Today, alas, female beauty standards do not provide for completeness. The XX century brought new standards - women began to strive to lose weight. The easiest way seemed to be not a tough diet, but miraculous pills. The manufacturers promised that taking them will quickly help get rid of unnecessary pounds. But few people realize that rapid weight loss entails big health problems. Heart problems appear, the birth of dead children is possible, and deaths have been observed. The first wave of taking pills took place in the 20-30s of the last century. Then, diet pills contained tapeworm eggs. The second wave of pill-taking began in the 1950s and 60s, and soon the patients became psychologically dependent on such drugs.
Trepanation. The word itself sounds intimidating - with the help of such an operation, a hole is made in the patient's head with a saw. Meanwhile, trepanning is a rather old medical procedure. For a long time, doctors treated migraines with such an operation. Today it has been proven that a hole drilled in the skull (moreover, often without anesthesia) can in no way help a person with his health. There are other known ways of using trepanation - for example, the Inca and Maya tribes used it for cosmetic purposes. Even today, some underground "specialists" use this half-forgotten method of treatment.
Treatment of female hysteria. The fact that women are incredibly moody is not a secret for men. In the 19th century, doctors seriously believed that such behavior could be a symptom of a serious illness. Other signs were irritability and nervousness. Do not be surprised, dear ladies, if you have all the signs of female hysteria. Doctors have found an original way to treat the disease - vaginal massage. It was believed that the doctor's hand could relieve the patient from hysteria. It is probably no coincidence that this disease had such a wide list of symptoms. Over time, doctors ceased to cope with the flow of patients by inventing a vibrator. Treatment became possible independently and at home.