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The 10 Most Insane Medical Practices in History

#5. Urine Therapy You can tell just by the title of the entry that we're not heading anywhere good with this one. Yup, throughout history there are ...
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Female hysteria once common medical diagnosis. Today no longer recognized as disorder. During this time, female hysteria was widely associated with sexual dissatisfaction. For this reason, the patients would undergo weekly “pelvic massages.” During these sessions, a doctor would manually stimulate the female’s genitals, until the patient experienced repeated “hysterical paroxysm” (orgasms).

Women from India, Japan, and Syria who completed their education as physicians in Philadelphia, 1885

Table of vibrators Until the 1920s, female patients thought to be hysteric were treated by having their genitals massaged until the patient had a "spasm". Obviously, this was actually an orgasm. Doctors welcomed the introduction of mechanical devices to achieve the same effect, because they made it much easier and less fatiguing for their hands. (!) Early Sears-Roebuck catalogues contained a page of vibrator devices that could be ordered.

Herstory: First US Woman Doctor Elizabeth Blackwell She said that she went into medicine because a close friend who was dying told her that having a female physician would have spared her the worst suffering.

Thats Myrtle Corbin, who was born in 1868 as a dipygus, which is a medical term for Is that an extra pelvis? Oh man, it totally is. Myrtle spent her early years in a circus sideshow but later married a doctor, raised five children (using both of her two functional reproductive systems), lived to the age of 60.

My, oh my, how times have changed. An ad that tells people to smoke in order to live longer. Of course this was in a day without GMO's, pesticides, and chemical additives, but I'm still a skeptic.

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Medical clothing worn during time of plague, 1819, Marseille. Plague Doctors would carry a stick or staff as part of their uniform to fend off any infected person who came to close.

That's right folks, you can now get all the satalite tv channels straight to your head! Oh and have you heard? cigarettes are now officially healthy for you again

based on what i've been reading recently, maybe not so much quack as real and natural healing. it's just that the new big pharma industry wanted to keep the natural cures quiet. and they did, for a long time.

Street Doctor From 'Street Life in London', 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith