25 Strangest Medical Treatments In History

Posted by , Updated on December 13, 2013

While some of these treatments are still practiced today, they way medical issues were handled in the past will make you glad you are alive in the 21st century. These are the 25 strangest medical treatments in history.

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Vin Mariani

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Invented in 1863 by Italian chemist Angelo Mariani, it consists of red wine mixed with cocoa leaves. The thing about cocoa leaves is that they contain cocaine. You can bet this drug was a hit and it even inspired the invention of Coca-Cola.


Sheep Liver


Without modern technology, physicians in Mesopotamia relied on inspecting the livers of sacrificed sheep for their diagnosis rather than inspecting the patients themselves.


Tongue Cutting


Also known as hemiglossectomy doctors in the 18th and 19th tried to cure stuttering by cutting of large chunks of their patients tongues. This is actually still practiced today for treatment of oral cancer.




An often used but controversial treatment has been electroconvulsive therapy or ECT. Invented in the 1930s it is still used today as an effective remedy for depression.




In the 1830s Dr. Archibald Miles declared that he found a substance in tomatoes that could cure diarrhea. His compound was famously known as “Dr. Miles Compound Extract Of Tomato” and was eventually declared a hoax.

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