40+ Weird Old-School Medical Facts

Have you ever drank a coca-cola and had someone tell you that it used to have cocaine in it? And can you believe that the Pope once endorsed cocaine? Well, it's all true! Back in the day, before doctors and scientists had the research they do now, getting sick was way more terrifying than it is today. For starters, 16th and 17th-century doctors thought that cancer was a contagious poison, and that breast cancer, in particular, was caused by milk clots in the mammary ducts.

They also prescribed butt plugs for a range of problems, including acne and nervousness! Of course, because it was the Victorian era, not everyone was too happy about this, but not for the reasons you might think! Of course, now we have so much more information at our fingertips, so patients are in good hands across the world. Wanna hear more strange old-school medical trivia? Read on!

A Shocking Technique

There are so many *edgy* pop culture references which remind us hairdryers and bathtubs don’t mix. But this method of curing rheumatoid arthritis specifically uses electricity in the water. Pretty wild, huh? We wouldn't want to be the guinea pigs they tested the first machines on, that's for sure. But there's something even weirder about this one...

Image credits: History Daily

Image credits: History Daily

What might surprise you is that this technique, called electrotherapy, is still used today in alternative medicine practice, especially in Japan. It is believed to promote general well-being. The practice increases blood circulation and can relax or stimulate muscles. But speaking of being wired, you’ll be amazed by what this next medical tonic does to you!

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