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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Leeches

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Often used to let out “bad blood”, these days the practice of leeching has made somewhat of a comeback in the arena of organ reconstruction and microsurgery.

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Heroine

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In the late 1800s heroine was marketed as a remedy for coughs, colds, and pain.

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Ecstasy

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While some proponents have reemerged in recent years, in the 1970s there was a strong push to use this drug in psychotherapy.

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Mercury

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Used to treat syphilis until the early 20th century, side effects included tooth loss, ulcers, and severe neurological damage.

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Soothing Syrup

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A remedy known as Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup became popular in the late 1800s to help children get through the teething process. The main issue with the syrup though was its two main ingredients – morphine and alcohol. Not surprisingly it was removed from the marketplace in the 1930s.

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