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There was a time when doctors used quite a strange method for the treatment of diseases. Fortunately, medicine does not stand still and old fashioned these medical treatments are no longer used. However, knowing about them can be very interesting.

Cocaine

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When the Austrian ophthalmologist Karl Koller discovered the anesthetic properties of cocaine, this drug began to appear everywhere. At the beginning of the 1900s you could walk into any pharmacy and buy a gram of cocaine for pennies.

The hemiglossectomy

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This method consists in the cutting off of the tongue. So did some doctors of the eighteenth century to cure their patients from stuttering.

Note: this method is used to save life when it is necessary to remove a cancerous tumor … and this is done using anesthesia.

Snake oil

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People used to believe in the medicinal properties of snake oil, although these properties were largely exaggerated, if not non-existent. Today for its use are skeptical.

Liver sheep

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In ancient Mesopotamia, instead of having to examine his patient, healers sacrificed a sheep, and then examined her liver. They believed that the liver of sacrificial sheep will help to pinpoint the diagnosis of their patient.

Crushed rodents

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In Ancient Egypt there existed a rather interesting way of dealing with a toothache. I had to chop the rat, mix it with other ingredients and apply the mixture on your teeth as toothpaste.

Urinotherapy

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Throughout history people believed in the healing properties of urine. They drank their own pee, drinking someone else’s urine, cleaning urine on the teeth, rubbed urine into the gums and so on.

Rotational therapy

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Benjamin rush, a physician of the 18th century, believed that the cause of madness is stagnant blood. He invented a machine that consisted of a rotating Board to which patients were tied. It can be rotated with wild speed, causing a strong inflow of blood to the head.

Mold

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For many years the mold has been used in folk medicine to treat everything from colds to joint pain. Although it is not an effective way, and it will most likely hurt more people than helped them, we should be grateful to the mold, but rather to penicillin, which Alexander Fleming first isolated from fungi.

Pain therapy

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Some doctors in the 1800s thought that the pain has a healing power. As crazy as it sounds, but patients were literally paid to beat them.

Febrile therapy

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Doctors gave patients a fever to cure other disease. It is logical, because high temperature kills bacteria. In fact, before the advent of penicillin it was the best way to fight syphilis.

Diet pills

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Although diet pills still relevant in our days (and still effective), in the 20-ies and 30-ies in them consisted of amphetamines (Central nervous system stimulants) or helminth eggs.

Trepanation

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It is an ancient surgical procedure in which the skull of the patient was done the hole for the exit of evil spirits.

Note: Craniotomy (now called a craniotomy) are doing now to relieve pressure in the skull full of blood, and to provide access to the intracranial structures with the purpose of their subsequent removal.

Heroin

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Heroin produced by the firm Bayer, and originally it was used to treat coughs.

Cryotherapy

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While cryotherapy (cold therapy) continues to play an important role in health care today is not what it used to be, when patients are kept in the cold sometimes even several days in a row.

Shock therapy

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While the shock plays an important role in modern medicine (e.g., defibrillators), in the past, some medical companies have advertised “electrical straps”, which with current “treated” male impotence.

Hydrotherapy

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In the past the mentally unstable patients often “treated” icy jets of water under high pressure.

Mercury

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For hundreds of years, mercury was used to treat a variety of diseases, including typhus and syphilis. Only recently have scientists realized that it was poison.

Lobotomy

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This dubious method was developed in the 1940-ies of the Portuguese physician Antonio EGAS Monica, which eventually got him a Nobel prize. In principle, a lobotomy involves the removal of pieces of brain. Although it had a certain positive effect, negative side effects was far greater.

Soothing syrup

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In the XIX century it was a popular way of dealing with naughty children. These “syrups” contained a huge amount of drugs.

Leeches

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Leeches were seen as a way to get rid of the so-called “bad blood.” However, their use in modern medicine to save lives. It turns out that as with other treatments here, with leeches all began quite silly, but ultimately led to a rather clever methods of healing.

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