Joseph Lister, the father of antiseptic medicine, had the idea that surgeons could prevent infecting their patients by washing and disinfecting their hands with carbolic acid before surgery. This idea earned him ridiculeβ€”until people started noticing that it did indeed help. britannica.com/biography/…
In 2015, Tu Youyou became the first Chinese woman to win a Nobel Prize, for helping to create an anti-malaria medicine. In China, she is being called the "three noes" winner: no medical degree, no doctorate, and she's never worked overseas bbc.com/news/blogs-china-…
One of the reasons why Northern Cheyenne reservation traditionalists oppose coal mining on the reservation is that the 1700s Cheyenne mystic Sweet Medicine prophecized that mining the "black rock" would change the tribe forever. dailyyonder.com/black-roc…
A common cure-all medicine known as Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup contained alcohol and morphine, causing thousands of children to die due to morphine overdoses in the 19th and 20th century theguardian.com/commentis…
Despite promoting Traditional Chinese medicine, Mao never used it himself and didn't believe it actually worked slate.com/technology/2013…
Biologist Rita Levi-Montalcini was forced to hide during the Nazi occupation of Italy. She later identified nerve growth factor as a protein, winning the Nobel in Medicine. She lived to over 100 and claimed "At 100, I have a mind that is superior, thanks to experience, than when I was 20" jwa.org/thisweek/oct/13/1…
Martin Luther's son, Paul, was a survivor of the bubonic plague. After surviving, he dedicated his life to chemistry and medicine, developing the pharmaceuticals Unguentum ex nitro, Magistrum perlarum, Magistrum collorum, and Aurum potabile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Jorunna parva, popularly known as "sea bunny", is a highly toxic species of sea slugs. The toxic nature of the species has been studied for their enormous benefit to humankind in medicine and biomedical research, particularly in cancer treatments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jor…
The Nazi and "Angel of Death" Josef Mengele's skeleton is used as an educational aid for forensic medicine courses at the University of Sao Paulo's medical school en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Phages (a group of viruses) were supposed to be studied as antibacterial agents in human medicine, but were cut short by the discovery of penicillin shortly after. With today's increasingly drug-resistant bacteria, phages are being considered once again. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
Francisco MacΓ­as Nguema, president of Equatorial Guinea. From 1968 to 1979 his totalitarian cult of personality banned spectacles, western medicine, fishing, and made the national motto "There is no other God than MacΓ­as Nguema". Between 50-70% of the population fled the country during his rule. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Snake oil is actually an effective inhibitor of inflammation that was disparaged by US sellers of patent medicine to the extent that snake-oil continues to have a bad name to the present day. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about a condition called Trigeminal Neuralgia. It causes severe facial pain. One of the most painful conditions known to medicine and nicknamed "the suicide disease ". fpa-support.org/learn/
:word mummy derives from Arabic word "mumiya" a substance which was used as a medicine .Bitumen, another substance was used in process of mummfication had a similar name"mumia".Europeans confused the words and thought "mumiya" refers to real mummies and thus started eating mummies as medicine hauntedwalk.com/news/why-…
You can be allergic to allergy medicine ksat.com/health/2015/03/0…
Ketchup was sold as a medicine against digestive problems in 1830 bestfoodfacts.org/questio…
Chocolate milk was made popular by an Irishman named Sir Hans Sloane when he was visiting Jamaica and was offered a cocoa powder drink by the villagers and thought it tasted foul, so he mixed it with milk instead and brought it back to England where it was sold as medicine. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Medicine cabinets are one of the worst places to store medicine because of the high temperatures and humidities of bathrooms abcnews.go.com/Health/Hea…
Villagers in central China have long been using dinosaur bones in medicine and soups, thinking they were from dragons. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-…
The Rod of Asclepius, a snake winding around a stick and international symbol of medicine, represents the treatment for the bloodworm Dracunculus. This worm travels through the blood and eats its way to the skin: treatment involves wrapping the worm around a wooden stick and pulling it out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Nobel winner in Medicine Julius Axelrod injured his left eye when an ammonia bottle in the lab exploded and wore an eyepatch for the rest of his life. He also made major contributions to the understanding of the pineal gland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
According to DuPont, the name "Nylon" was originally called "No-Run," but was modified to "Nuron" to avoid making an unjustified claim. Later it was changed to "Nilon" to make it sound less like medicine, and then eventually "Nylon" so that people would pronounce it properly. glossophilia.org/?p=4379
The US-Canadian Border was known by the Plains Indians as "The Medicine Line" for it's seemingly magical ability to keep US troops from crossing it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/49t…
Today I learned about John Gurdon, who was ranked last out of 250 boys in his year group in Biology and in a progress report, his teacher said that pursuing Biology for him would be a "waste of time, for him and those who have to teach him". In 2012, John Gurdon won the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine telegraph.co.uk/news/scie…
Tomato ketchup was introduced to the United States in 1834 as a purported medicine and sold in pill form. thedailymeal.com/eat/ketc…
In 1961 Ronald Reagan released a spoken-word album warning against socialized medicine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
The Inventor of the frontal lobotomy won a Nobel Prize in medicine ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
β€œEkyogero” is a practice, among Mother-Infant Dyads in Urban Uganda, of bathing babies in herbal medicine consisting of various herbs including leaves, roots, and tree barks. The herbal medications were used to prevent and treat skin rashes, treat abdominal colic, and give the baby good luck. awesomemediahub.com/2017/…
The oldest living Nobel laureate, Edmond Fischer was born on April 6, 1920. He and his collaborator Edwin Krebs were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1992 for describing how reversible phosphorylation works as a switch to activate proteins & regulate various cellular process. wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmond…
In the US the Rod of Asclepius, symbol of the deity associated with healing and medicine, is often confused with the staff of the god Hermes, the caduceus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Edward Doisy received the Nobel in Medicine for discovery of vitamin K with Henrik Dam. He also competed with Adolf Butenandt in the discovery of estrone in 1930. They discovered the substance independently, but only Butenandt was awarded the Chemistry Nobel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Keyhole Limpet Hemocyanin (KLH) is a protein derived from the blood of Megathura crenulata limpets and is critical for making medicines. KLH cannot be synthetically made, making the mollusks' serum worth $100,000 per liter. spectrum.ieee.org/podcast…
In traditional Chinese medicine, a tiger penis is said to have important therapeutic properties. The penis of a tiger when consumed is said to be a potent aphrodisiac and an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tig…
A biosimilar is a biologic medical product highly similar to another already approved biological medicine. Biosimilars are approved according to the same standards of pharmaceutical quality, safety and efficacy that apply to all biological medicines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bio…
China has successfully used snake oil as medicine due to the high levels of Omega-3 in some snakes scientificamerican.com/ar…
Today I learned of Joseph Medicine Crow who earned the title "Chief" by completing the four coups of leading a war party, touching an enemy without killing him, taking an enemy's weapon, and stealing an enemy's horse - all against the Nazis in WWII. military.com/army-birthda…
The Vatican has a single pharmacy. The Vatican claims it is the busiest pharmacy in the world with 2,000 daily visitors. Due to complicated Italian laws, the pharmacy has medicines available years before Italian pharmacies. People often visit to buy them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vat…
Today I learned about "ethical" ivory trade. Mammoth tusks and woolly rhino horns are dug up by the tons in the Artic permafrost. The horns are used in traditional medicine and tusks in the ivory-carving industry. While permits are available, the majority of tuskers work illegally, damaging fossils and nature. sciencefocus.com/nature/m…
Saffron is the world's most expensive spice costing 5,000$ per kilo. 80,000 flowers are needed to produce 450g of it. It was employed as a dye for expensive textiles, a perfume by Cleopatra and even as a medicine. Nowadays, its used in cooking, adding a distinctive aroma flavor to our dishes. finedininglovers.com/arti…
Joseph Medicine Crow earned the title β€˜War Chief’ by completing four tasks as a warrior during WWII: leading a successful war party on a raid, capturing an enemy’s weapon, touching an enemy without killing him, and stealing an enemy’s horse. military.com/army-birthda…
Medically managed hypothermia has been popular and in use in medicine since the 1930s-1940s when research was conducted demonstrating the absence of irreversible neurologic change in humans cooled to as low as 26*C over a 24-hour period after sustaining traumatic brain injuries. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Tomato sauce was sold in the 1800's as medicine. bestfoodfacts.org/questio…
Ancient Chinese physicians kept a small ivory "medicine doll" in their desks to help them treat female patients, who were forbidden from showing too much skin to a male other than their husband. Women seeking medical attention would point to the areas on the doll where they had discomfort. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Chiropractic was founded by a traveling religious miracle healer who belived that magnets could cure diseases. He was sent to jail in Iowa in 1906 for practicing medicine without a license. The American Medical Association later labelled chiropractors an "unscientific cult." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Indian pipe is an herbaceous perennial plant native to temperate regions of Asia, North America and northern South America. Also called ghost pipe or corpse plant, it is sometimes completely waxy and lacks chlorophyll. The plant produces nervine used in western herbal and naturopathic medicine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Today I learned about a Siberian Husky named Togo. A sick pup the owner's wife brought back to health. He was a trouble maker and given away as a pet, but Togo trekked back to the original owner. He is considered a hero dog for delivering medicine in Alaska. All modern Huskies are related to Togo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tog…
There are two types of Human Cloning: Therapeutic Cloning and Reproductive Cloning. Reproductive Cloning (cloning and entire human) is banned, but Therapeutic Cloning (cloning cells from a human for use in medicine and transplant) are allowed in some countries. wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_…
Only in the twentieth century did humans decide that the dandelion was a weed. Before the invention of lawns, the golden blossoms and lion-toothed leaves were more likely to be praised as a bounty of food, medicine and magic. Gardeners used to weed out the grass to make room for the dandelions. mofga.org/Publications/Th…
"mad honey" is cultivated in Turkey - honey made from nectar from rhododendron flowers. Small doses cause hallucinations, large doses bring seizures and death. It is used as medicine by Turkish villagers, who drink it in milk with breakfast and believe it increases sexual potency interestingengineering.co…
A former engineer in Japan claims to be the only heir to authentic ninjutsu. In his 60s, Jinichi Kawakami decided he will not appoint anyone as the next ninja grandmaster, saying: "we now have guns, the internet and much better medicines, so the art of ninjutsu has no place in the modern age." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jin…
Chiropractors are not a type of medical doctor, cannot practice medicine, and Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine like acupuncture. nccih.nih.gov/health/chir…
Colin Murdoch a New Zealand pharmacist made a number of significant inventions, in particular the tranquilliser gun, the disposable hypodermic syringe and the child-proof medicine container. rnz.co.nz/national/progra…
Today I learned of Ruth Coker Burks aka the "Cemetery Angel" who at the height of the AIDS crisis put up her own money to take care of and buy medicine for AIDS patients and buried over 40 people in her family's cemetery plot, most of whom were gay men whose families would not claim their ashes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rut…
Doctors in the United States are no longer required to take the Hippocratic oath and many instead take an alternative oath called the "Lasagna Oath" which emphasises a holistic and compassionate approach to medicine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip…
Although people live longer on average, the maximum age of humans hasn't increased in 30 years. This had led scientists to conclude that no matter how much medicine advances, the natural limit to human life span will remain around 115. futurism.com/a-dutch-stud…
Today I learned about Radithor, radioactive water sold as medicine. It was owned and produced by a college dropout, who marketed it as "A Cure for the Living Dead" and "Perpetual Sunshine". It notably killed a man in 1932, who was buried in a lead coffin, and was still highly radioactive when exhumed in 1965. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
Ibn Sina or Avicenna is widely considered to be the β€œFather of modern Medicine”. His book β€œThe Canon of Medicine” published in 1025 became the standard textbook of medicine and remained a medical authority for centuries in the Medieval Europe and the Islamic world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avi…
Today I learned of Silphium, a plant from classic antiquity that was so valuable that it was supposedly overharvested to extinction. The plant only grew in a narrow coastal area in Cyrenaica (Libya). It was widely used as seasoning, perfume, as an aphrodisiac, and medicine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
There is a third Raimi brother, Ivan, who is a practicing Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), but has also co-written numerous movies, TV shows and comic books with his brother Sam, and usually starring his other brother Ted. Including Darkman, Army of Darkness and Spider-Man 3 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iva…
For several centuries - peaking in the 16th and 17th - many Europeans, including royalty, priests and scientists, routinely ingested remedies containing human bones, blood and fat as medicine for everything from headaches to epilepsy. Mummies were stolen from Egyptian tombs for this. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
That the original "Snake Oil Salesman" wasn't convicted of selling snake oil, he was convicted of selling FAKE snake oil. Oil from Chinese Water Snakes was considered a legit medicine at the time, but Clark Stanley was convicted in 1917 of selling fake snake oil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sna…
Arsenic Trioxide, the infamous poison, is used in treating leukemia, and is included on the WHO's List of Essential Medicines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ars…
Johannes Fibiger won Nobel Prize (1926) in Medicine for discovering a parasitic worm that causes cancer. Fermi won the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his demonstrations of the existence of new radioactive elements produced by neutron irradiation. Both of these theories were later disproved. realclearscience.com/blog…
The common medicine Pepto-Bismol is made of Bismuth and can create a β€˜hairy tongue’ as a side effect. healthline.com/health/dia…
Chiropractic is actually a form of "alternative medicine", where studies have not found evidence that chiropractic manipulation is effective and collectively found that spinal manipulation was ineffective at treating any condition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Bob Dylan wrote song and recorded the song Wagon Wheel in 1973 but never released it. Critter Fuqua from Old Crow Medicine picked up a bootleg while growing up in London. Old Crow Medicine would later release the song in 2004. Darius Rucker famously covered the song about a decade later. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
The skeleton of Josef Mengele, the infamous "Doctor of Auschwitz", is stored at the SΓ£o Paulo Institute for Forensic Medicine, where it is used as an educational aid during forensic medicine courses at the University of SΓ£o Paulo's medical school. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Today I learned about the bizarre death of silent film star Olive Thomas. She died in 1920, age just 25, of kidney failure after she mistakenly drank the mercury-based topical medicine her husband used for his syphilis sores. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
The Romans absolutely despised Egypt's ruling dynasty the Ptolemies. On one occasion Ptolemy requested audience with Rome. Rome sent Cato the Younger who granted Egypt's king an audience after having taken "purging medicine" (diuretics) and never got off the toilet while speaking with him. constitution.org/rom/plut…
A report from the Institute of Medicine in 2006 found that the sloppy handwriting of doctors kills roughly 7000 people annually - the poor handwriting often results in incorrect prescriptions being given or incorrect dosages being administered. content.time.com/time/hea…
In 19th- and early 20th-century medicine and psychology, an "idiot" was a person with a very profound intellectual disability en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idi…
Cato the Elder hated greeks and greek culture so much that he believed in a conspiracy theory according to which all greek doctors were trying to exterminate the romans by selling them harmful medicine and bad medical advice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
In 2007, China executed the head of the State Food and Drug Administration (Chinese FDA) for accepting bribes and approving unsafe medicines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhe…
A California medical school just got $200 million to invest in 'energy healing,' 'mineral infusions' and other alternative medicines businessinsider.com/some-…
Erich Paulun, a German naval surgeon, founded the Shanghai German medicine school in 1907. Today, Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan relies on this foundation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
The Caduceus, a staff carried by the Greek god Hermes, became established as a common medical symbol in the United States despite having no connection to medicine. It is believed that this is due to the Surgeon General of the United States confusing the symbol with the Rod of Asclepius. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cad…
We humans have been dependent since 1977 on the blue blood of horseshoe crabs to keep our medicines safe. The crabs have been 'bled' for a chemical which is used to test for bacterial contamination in drugs. Finally, pharmaceutical companies are committing to a synthetic version. theatlantic.com/science/a…
There is a pseudo-medical credential called Pastoral Medicine (PSc.D or D.PSc), or "Bible-based" medicine, which is enabling people to call themselves "doctor" and treat patients in all 50 states and 30 countries. npr.org/sections/health-s…
In the 80s, three brothers from Florida got HIV from medicine made to help cope with their haemophilia. After first being disallowed to go to school, a federal court ruled they were allowed to attend. A week after the verdict, their house was burned down by an arsonist. poz.com/blog/25-years-ago…
The chocolate milk was invented by Irishman Hans Sloane in the 1680s when he was in Jamaica. He found the locals' mix of chocolate and water nauseating and used milk instead. He then brought chocolate milk to Europe where it was sold as medicine. irishnews.com/lifestyle/2…
Steve Jobs could have avoided a premature death from cancer by having it properly treated, he refused it for 9 months, believing an alternative-medicine diet would be better. It was one of Steve Jobs' most notable regrets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Josef Mengele's skeleton is now used as an educational aid for students studying medicine at the University of SΓ£o Paulo in Brazil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Making bad tasting medicines taste better is tricky because adding flavors may negatively change the chemical composition of the medication. Flavor chemists must carefully determine which flavors can be added without affecting the medication’s potency. webmd.com/drug-medication…
Even with modern medicine one in four pregnancies end up as a miscarriage tommys.org/pregnancy-info…
When studied by the New England Journal of Medicine, kids without coats did not catch colds, viruses, or any other bacteria-related illness by not wearing a coat outside in cold weather patch.com/michigan/westbl…
Obsidian Blades are so sharp that they can cut cells and DNA. They are used are used in modern medicine because the sharp blades create incisions which heal faster. edition.cnn.com/2015/04/0…
The heart shaped seeds of the Silphium plant is why we associate hearts with romance. Besides being used in food and medicine, Silphium was one of the first genuinely effective birth control. It's believed the Romans drove it to extinction. bbc.com/future/story/2017…
In the early days of drugstore ice cream counters and soda shops, medicine such as cocaine and heroin were added to drinks at the customers discretion. The sweet flavors helped cover up the bitter taste of the medicine. benfranklinrx.com/blog/ta…
The ancient Greeks and Romans used Sugar (in cane form) as medicine. It was dissolved in water to treat the intestines and stomach, and taken to help relieve pain in the bladder and kidneys. They imported it from India and Arabia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Radovan KaradΕΎiΔ‡, the genocidal former president of Republika Srpska, for nine years masqueraded as a "new age" expert under the name of "Dragan DabiΔ‡" in alternative medicine before his capture for numerous war crimes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
During WW2 Joe Medicine Crow, a native American, completed all four feats required to be a war chief: touching an enemy without killing him, taking an enemy's weapon, leading a war party and stealing 50 horses from the SS, singing a Crow honour song as he rode away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
In 1834, Dr John Cooke added tomatoes to ketchup and started selling it as a medicine. Due to copycats and false claims, the ketchup medicine empire however collapsed by 1850. thedailymeal.com/eat/ketc…
A report in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that daily nut-eaters were less likely to die of cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease. Overall, the daily nut-eaters were 20% less likely to have died during the course of the study than those who avoided nuts. health.harvard.edu/blog/e…
Silver was widely used in medicine to treat bacterial infections in the 19th and early 20th century, up until the discovery and development of the first modern antibiotics in the 1940s, which were markedly more effective. sciencedirect.com/science…
Today I learned of Ultimate Tazer Ball, a short lived sport with the intention of getting a large medicine ball into the opposing team’s goal. Every player was armed with a stun-gun used to stop opposing players from scoring. theversed.com/79580/shock…
Rhino horn is NOT considered an aphrodesiac in Chinese "medicine", and that this is a misinterpretation of Chinese texts. However, due to the repetition of this misinterpretation in the West, people in Viet Nam are starting to believe the rumor, and demand there is surging because of it. savetherhino.org/rhino-in…
Ramsagar National Park in Bangladesh has no big trees; the park consists of a big lake surrounded by embankments. The plants are removed by local villagers for food, fodder, making furniture, medicine and fuel.There is a decrease in the indigenous fish species due to expolitation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram…
Wagner-Jauregg (1927) managed to cure syphilis by infecting the patient with malaria. He won the Nobel Prize for Medicine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyr…
Marie and Pierre Curie won the Physics Nobel Prize in 1903. Marie Curie won the Chemistry Nobel Prize in 1911. Marie's daughter IrΓ¨ne and her husband won the Chemistry Nobel Prize in 1935. In total, 15 people in the family were prominent researchers in physics, chemistry, biology or medicine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
Doctors from UCLA found unique blood cells that can help fight infections in a man from Seattle's spleen, so they stole the cells from his body and developed it into medicine without paying him, getting his consent, or even letting him know they were doing it. articles.latimes.com/2001…

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