9 of the most absurd things that were once considered useful

9 of the most absurd things that were once considered useful

1. Mercury

The popularity of mercury as a medicine began with the fact that Dr. John Hunter (XVI century) stated that with the help of this substance he cured himself of syphilis. Usually syphilis runs in three stages with periods of remission, which can last up to two to three years.

Apparently, one of these remissions Hunter took for healing. He died of a heart attack during a dispute over the benefits of his “magic” medicine.

2. Tobacco

The first action of tobacco was experienced by the natives of the New World in the XV century. Tobacco was smoked for pleasure, for disinfection, for treating headaches and colds to get rid of fatigue … It was used even as anesthesia. When tobacco was brought to Europe, it was considered a panacea, and rewarded with epithets such as “holy grass” and “divine medicine.”

From the XVII to the beginning of the XIX century in Europe, tobacco enemas were popular. And in India, tobacco was considered useful for teeth, which led to the emergence of tobacco toothpaste.

3. Lobotomy

The first operations to dissect the share of the human brain were carried out in the 1890s. It was believed that this way you can heal those suffering from mental illnesses. During the peak of the popularity of lobotomy, which occurred in the 1940s and 1950s, only about 40,000 such operations were conducted in Britain alone.

And a little later the neurologist Walter Freeman developed a method that allowed him to do without drilling a skull. It was called “transorbital lobotomy.” The patient was unconscious by electric shock, after which the instrument resembling a knife for ice splitting was inserted into the brain through a slot above the eyeball. After this, the fibers of the frontal lobes were cut forward and backward by the movement of the handle. Then the same procedure was repeated on the other side.

4. LSD-therapy

During the 1950s and early 60s, scientists, when studying LSD, came to the conclusion that this drug can be used in the treatment of alcoholism, schizophrenia and the correction of criminal behavior. Despite the fact that today most people do not cause more association with health benefits, Norwegian scientists are still working to learn how to use it for the treatment of alcoholism and schizophrenia.

5. Tape worm

In the 1950s, people began deliberately to infect themselves with solitaires to lose weight.

The idea was that the solitaire is a parasite, therefore, it takes away from your body what you eat. This means that the considerable honor of the calories you consume will get to the worm.

However, the result of the presence of the parasite was not only weight loss, but also abdominal pain, headaches, weakness, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, bloating and deficiency of nutrients. In addition, the worm did not always remain in the stomach. Sometimes he traveled all over the body, including the brain, which could end in the most sad way.

6. Cocaine

In addition to Coca-Cola, cocaine was a part of a huge number of different medications. His euphoric, exciting and analgesic effect allowed him to gain fame as an ideal supplement for a healthy lifestyle, especially if you need to cheer up a little.

Long before the advent of drug cartels and the beginning of wars between drug dealers, cocaine was revered as a miracle herb healing everything in the world and sung by the greatest medical luminaries.

7. Radioactive drinks

In the early 1900s, people considered radioactivity to be extremely useful. They gladly bought objects contaminated with radiation – pendants from radium from rheumatism, a uranium blanket from arthritis, radioactive cosmetics against aging, radioactive water and so on.

Radioactive water became particularly popular when radiation was detected in thermal mineral springs known for their medicinal properties.

People decided that the radiation in the water – a natural phenomenon and, of course, there were those who decided to make money on it. Began the brisk trade in contaminated drinks. The well-known industrialist Eben Byers, according to his own statement, at that time drank at least three bottles a day. And in 1932, the Wall Street Journal devoted a large article to Byers and his radioactive water, entitled “The result of drinking a drink seemed excellent until he lost most of his jaw.”

8. Shark cartilage

Shark cartilage was sold as an additive that helps in the treatment of cancer.

In the 1950s, surgeon John Prudden studied the possibilities of using cartilages of various animals for medical purposes. After a while he declared that he had managed to reduce tumors and found a way to treat cancer. The results of his research no longer repeated and did not test. Nevertheless, after the publication of the book “Sharks do not get cancer” (1992), in alternative medicine, the treatment of cancer with shark cartilage has become unusually popular.

The main idea of ​​the book was that since sharks do not get cancer, and their skeleton almost entirely consists of cartilages, then, therefore, they contain something that can protect against this terrible disease.

Further scientific research has not revealed any usefulness in the cartilage for the human body. But since then 42 sharks with cancerous tumors have been found.

9. Heroin as a remedy for coughing

The heroin cough syrup was developed by the Bayer laboratory in 1898 and immediately became a great success. Its production ceased only in 1910, when its causative properties turned out to be much higher than originally thought.

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