We are all scared of doctors and none of us want to face the instruments and those dangerous procedures that most doctors inflict upon the patients. There is no doubt that doctors succumb to dangerous procedures because they try their level best to make sure that the patient recovers. We should really be thankful to the advancement in medical science because at least now there are no lobotomies or at least no need for them. Furthermore, we should kneel and thank for anesthesia. Even though some procedures are still extremely painful but medicine has advanced to an extent that some extremely inhumane procedures have left us forever. Some of these nightmarish medical treatments will be mentioned in this article as it throws light on ten nightmare medical treatments. Do not take us wrong, once you read about these treatments, you would prefer the eternal abode instead of going through the treatment.
10. Rat Poutine
The first entry on our list of ten medical treatments from nightmares might trigger thoughts of Ratatouille but you will be grossed in no less than a few minutes. How would you like to put some dead rat paste in your mouth to treat a sore ache or better yet how about half a dead mouse with the gooey insides dangling lose all juicy so that you can rub it on an injury to help it heal? You look surprised my dear Watson! Well as yucky as it all sounds these practices were very common before modern dental treatments were still undiscovered. As of right now, we would all like to puke out our insides at the thought of a dead mouse slithering in our mouth!
The next nightmarish medical treatment on our list is or rather was for the treatment of people who were tired to stuttering. What doctors back in the time used to do was to cut the patients tongue, half of it. More often than not the experiment proved useless and the patients bled to death and therefore, as you can imagine, pain was only one part of the whole issue. There was no anesthesia in those times what so ever. You would be shocked to know that the treatment is still used but under the effect of anesthesia and only to treat oral cancer!
We are aware of the process lobotomies. It was a cruel procedure to treat people who had mental issues and this was back in the 1940s. Today is the era where psychiatrists patiently listen to you going on and on about your problems while you lie comfortably on the couch. Imagine the same shrink sticks some metal sticks down your brain via your eyes to wriggle around your brain and this isn’t done while you are unconscious. And imagine the doctor tells you that all your depression will go away after I am done and you are like sitting there waiting for the horrible metal sticks to pierce your eyes.
The next nightmarish medical treatment on our list is bloodletting. Let us be more clear, are you having a headache or perhaps a stomachache, do you feel dizzy or do your have fever? As per the doctors of the olden times all of these illnesses can be a result of your body carrying too much blood. So resultantly what you can do is remove some of the blood. Maybe this is what led to the generation of vampires and this seriously is a thought worth considering. So even if you are afraid of blood or the smell disgusts you, maybe you can revert back to bloodletting eh?
6. Pedicle Grafts
Now you must be wondering what pedicle grafts are and what the hell is this hideous human with tentacles like that of some creature from Men in Black. Well lets us add to your knowledge by telling you that before plastic surgery was invented, this is how doctors used to treat disfigured soldiers. It was invented by Dr. Harold Gillies and the idea was taken from scientific grafting methods. The learned doctor took a piece of skin from the unaffected area and grafter a body part back to the injured place and then let it heal. Surprising, the process yielded good results.
5. Paraffin Botox
We have all heard about Botox and how it is all the rage with not only women but also men, these days. The next entry on our list of nightmarish medical treatments is just that, Botox! But would you believe that before recent methods were developed doctors used to inject paraffin into women’s cheeks and even in their bosoms. The process was eventually stopped because the paraffin started to form cancerous clumps within the body (you’d think) and we can’t be more thankful.
4. Electro Simulation of Facial Muscles
The next nightmarish medical treatment on our list is the one that doctors used to capture various un-natural expressions of the face of a human being. And how do you believe they did that? They used wires to generate electric currents, these wires were used on the facial skin of the patients to contort the face into expressions of horror. This procedure was called the pursuit of knowledge.
3. Lung Balls
There was a time when lungs were filled with acrylic balls so that the lungs could rest and this was a popular treatment for tuberculosis. Sometimes, the balls were not taken out and voila! You can very well imagine what that led do. Google some x-rays of lung balls for further horrification!
2. Radioactive Eye Treatment
There was also a procedure (horrifyingly similar to our laser eye surgery) where radioactivity was thrown straight into the eye ball for various medical purposes. Apparently, back in the day people didn’t respect Radioactivity enough to leave it alone. The patient delightfully received eyes full of radioactive strontium. We can all applaud now.
1. Eating Rotten Rats
Last but certainly not the least, the final nightmarish medical treatment has to do with rats again and this time around, doctors from previous generations told little children to chew away on rotten mice (which were rotted specifically for this purpose) so as to cure any disease what so ever. Wonder how strict the parents were when it came to talking with your mouthful.