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one of our most popular posts (stats) is how aspirin turned hero .

everytime i tell this story of history of medication to someone,they go:no way!!!

but i found more…not a big surprise if you are a med student but for me it was kind of a shock…or eye opener…

i found an article about “the 10 most insane medical practises in history”

and i don´t want to hide thi from this from you:


In the 19th century, people were simply too busy churning butter, waxing their moustaches or changing in and out of 15 layers of undergarments every time they went to take a piss to be bothered with disobedient children. To aide the stressed 19th-century mother, a series of “soothing syrups,” lozenges and powders were created, all which were carefully formulated to ensure they were safe for use by those most vulnerable members of the family. Oh, no, wait. Actually, they pumped each bottle full of as many narcotics as it could hold.

For instance, each ounce of Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup contained 65 mg of pure morphine.

Based on our experiences teething and experimenting with pure morphine, that seems like a lot. Finally in 1910 the New York Times decided the whole narcotic-babysitter concept was probably bad in the long run, and ran an article pointing out that these soothing syrups contained, “…morphin sulphate, chloroform, morphine hydrochloride, codeine, heroin, powdered opium, cannabis indica and sometimes several of them in combination.

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Cocaine was legal, even as late as this ad (1885), and was not considered harmful in moderate doses.
read more: http://web.uvic.ca/vv/student/medicine/medicine19c.htm
As far back as 1854, marijuana appeared in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia, the country’s official standard-setting for prescription drugs. At the turn of the century – when it was estimated 5 percent of people were addicted to opiates – the American government turned its eye toward drug addiction.

In 1914, the first federal drug laws were passed, making opiates and cocaine illegal.

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…everytime someone does not believe me now, i will give out this link…

this is crazy, don´t you think?