Ancient remedies and bizarre cures you won't believe existed
Examine this list of weird medical treatments
Mouse paste, leech therapy, tobacco smoke enema... the history of medicine has recorded some utterly weird and truly bizarre remedies to all sorts of bodily ailments and physical conditions. Most were quirky quack cures, disgusting perhaps, and for the most part totally unnecessary. But a lot of medical treatments were dangerous and sinister, and quite barbaric in application. Fortunately, health care has moved on since those early days of trial and error. But it's still enough to make your skin creep thinking about what patients had to endure in the days before good practice and common sense.
Click through the following gallery and take a deep breath as you examine this list of ancient remedies and bizarre cures you won't believe existed.
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LIFESTYLE Animal kingdom
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HEALTH Middle age