Sniffing Farts To Cure The Black Plague?

Sniffing Farts To Cure The Black Plague?

Medieval doctors believed the tenet "like cures like." Because the Black Plague was believed to be caused by deadly vapors, doctors recommended sufferers fart into jars and sniff the gas to cure them of the disease.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    In Elizabethan England, a remedy for warts was the cut a mice in half and rub it onto the wart. (0:08)

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    In the 18th and 19th centuries, a doctor would chop off half of a patient's tongue to cure a stutter. (2:01)

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    Trepanning is the outdated practice of drilling a hole in the skull to supposedly cure migraines and other ailments. (5:23)

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