A British physician published a book in 1924 arguing that Down Syndrome cases in Caucasians were the result of distant ancestors having interbred with Mongols. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Alexander Graham Bell invented the metal detector to try and find the bullet lodge in President James Garfield. The device worked but had interference from the metal springs in the bed. The chief physician only allowed a search of the right side of the body. The bullet was on the left side. history.com/news/10-thing…
During the Black Death, the physician to the Papacy recognized that bloodletting was ineffective, but he continued to prescribe bleeding for members of the Roman Curia, whom he disliked. He also claimed that all true cases of plague were caused by astrological factors, and were incurable en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
The first known mention of the word abracadabra was in a second century AD book (written by a physician) which prescribed that malaria sufferers wear an amulet containing the word written in the form of a triangle and the power of the amulet would make lethal diseases go away. wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraca…
Queen Elizabeths grandfather, King George V, was euthanized by his physician. The physician wrote in his journal that he euthanized the King so that his death would be announced in the morning newspapers, rather than the "less appropriate evening journals". wikipedia.org/wiki/George…
Today I Learned the College of Physicians in philadelphia has the largest collection of books bound in human skin youtu.be/Go_PQdH8uEs
The study that was reported in saying β€œcheese is just as addictive as drugs” actually found no such thing. The dietician who made the questionable claim works for an advocacy group called the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which pushes veganism and urges people to shun cheese. time.com/4090741/cheese-a…
The creator of chiropractic medicine, D.D. Palmer, claims he received his knowledge from the spirit of a deceased physician named Jim Atkinson and believed chiropractic medicine was a moral obligation and a religious duty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Josef Mengele, a.k.a the Angel of Death, was a Nazi physician who conducted human experiments on prisoners. He escaped Germany and gained a foreign residence permit in Argentina and returned to Germany to visit his family with a passport just 11 years after Nazi Germany fell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
When Joseph Stalin was dying, his private physician was not available because he was already being tortured in the basement of the KGB headquarters for suggesting the Soviet leader required more bed rest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lav…
Today I learned about Duncan MacDougall, a physician who conducted an experiment and weighed patients before and after their deaths. He saw that after death patients were 21g lighter and called this the β€œweight of the soul”. discovermagazine.com/mind…
The Roman physician Pliny the Elder taught that urine was a marvellous remedy for many disorders like running sores, venereal diseases, snake bites and burns. "Bathe the eyes with urine to strengthen them" "If a man makes water upon a dog's urine, he will become disinclined to copulation". mediamatic.net/en/page/23…
Mama Cass didn't pass away from sandwiches. The physician who first examined her corpse voiced misleading speculations regarding an uneaten ham sandwich & Coca-Cola discovered nearby. He made erroneous claims that eating a sandwich with a soda in bed was dangerous for her. snopes.com/fact-check/ham…
An American physician in 1815 "discovered" that slaves ran away from their masters due to a mental illness the doctor called "drapetomania." pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h…
A 9 yr old Pakistani girl, Arfa Karim, was the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) until 2008. When she suffered cardiac arrest in 2011, Bill Gates assembled an international panel of doctors to advise the local physicians treating her and offered to pay for treatment in the U.S. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arf…
Physician-assisted suicide is a constitutionally-protected right in Canada since 2015, when a Supreme Court decision ruled that people with "grievous and irremediable medical conditions", and whose natural death is "reasonably foreseeable" or "incurable", are entitled to assisted suicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eut…
In 1650, an English woman named Anne Greene was accused of infanticide. She was found guilty and sentenced to death. But she survived her execution and was revived by physicians. After, she was pardoned, as the authorities thought that the β€œhand of god” had saved her and proved her innocence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
John Quincy Adams was an avid swimmer and frequently swam in the Potomac. While president, he almost drowned when one of his swimming expeditions went awry. He continued to swim afterward, anyway, against his physician's advice. millercenter.org/presiden…
, William Harvey (1578-1657), an English physician discovered the circulation of blood when it was believed that blood oscillated in the body. For his idea, he was ridiculed and was called a "circulator". But after his death, his idea was accepted as a biological fact. ahajournals.org/doi/full/…
The 16th century Spanish psychologist and physician Juan Huarte de San Juan believed intelligence was stored in the testicles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jua…
Maria Theresa of Austria had her children inoculated against smallpox after the epidemic of 1767. This changed the negative perception of inoculation among Austrian physicians. Maria Theresa also held a dinner in her palace for the first 65 children who had been inoculated in Austria. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The pro wrestling move the "Mandible Claw" was invented by Dr. Sam Sheppard the physician turned fugitive turned wrestler who was the inspiration behind "The Fugitive" tv series and movie en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Isaac Asimov died from complications of HIV. In 1983 got HIV from a blood transfusion during heart surgery. His doctors told him to keep it quiet. 10 Ten years later, after most of Asimov's physicians had died, Asimov's family agreed that the HIV story should be made public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
Ancient physicians were using metal and bone urinary catheters as early as 2000 years ago jurolsurgery.org/archives…
Prior to the flu pandemic (1918) being reported in St. Louis, Dr. Max Starkloff had local physicians on high alert and wrote about the importance of avoiding crowds. As health commissioner he closed schools, theaters, and prohibited public gatherings. The city had the lowest U.S. mortality rate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
Welch's is a co-op owned by farmers of Concord and Niagra grapes. It was founded by physician and dentist Thomas Welch who invented a method of pasteurizing grape juice to prevent it from becoming wine because he was strongly opposed to using intoxicating liquors for church communion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wel…
The main thing Europeans did with Egyptian mummies was grind them up and eat them. This was due to a misunderstanding that they were preserved with mumia, or bitumen, which medieval physicians thought had medicinal value. A thriving trade in mummy developed to a nearly industrial scale. aeon.co/essays/when-we-li…
The physicians of King George V administered fatal doses of morphine and cocaine so that his death would be reported in the morning newspaper edition, rather than the "less appropriate... evening journals." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Stone‐age miniature obese female statuettes indicate the existence and cultural significance of obesity as long as 30,000 years ago. Health risks of obesity were noted by the physician Hippocrates (460–377 BCE), who wrote the earliest known anti‐obesity recommendations on diet and exercise. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
The groundwork for modern medical training - which is infamous for its grueling hours and workload that often lead to burnout - was laid by a physician who was addicted to cocaine, which he was injecting into himself as an experimental anesthetic. idigitalhealth.com/news/p…
King Sancho I of Leon (now Spain) was so fat that he got deposed by his people. His grandmother Queen Toda of Pamplona had to request for physicians to treat his obesity, from Abd-ar-Rahman III, the Caliph of CΓ³rdoba. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tod…
It's impossible to die of skin suffocation. The filmmakers of the James Bond films believed it was a real risk. For Goldfinger, which features a scene of someone dying of skin suffocation due to being painted gold, they had a physician present and cleaned the person as quickly as possible. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Physicians in the middle ages would drink their patients urine to diagnose medical conditions. They were able to accurately diagnose diabetes because the urine tasted sweet. sekisuidiagnostics.com/bl…
Homework was considered hugely controversial in the 1800s and early 1900s, when physicians crusaded against it, in 1901, California even banned homework for anyone under the age of 15 articles.latimes.com/2009…
The British Medical Journal does an annual Christmas Issue, where they publish research-quality but satirical articles, like a randomized trial on the effectiveness of parachutes, or investigating the driving behaviors of different physician specialties bmj.com/about-bmj/resourc…
Physicians in the 2nd Century believed the womb would move around the body and was responsible for a number of ailments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as Medicine. Ohio physician John Cooke Bennet claimed it as a cure for indigestion, diarrhea, etc., and had his pill salesman, Archibald Mills, make his sauce into extract of tomato pills. ripleys.com/weird-news/ke…
The word vodka means "water" in Slavic. The word originates from court documents from Poland in 1405. In the early days, spirits were used as medicine - a Polish physician wrote in 1534 that vodka could serve "to increase fertility & awaken lust" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vod…
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus got its original name of Lupus from a 12th century physician, who recognized and named it after the now classic butterfly rash. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned of Qin Shi Huang the 1st emperor of China. Obsessed with immortality he sent out quests for magicians & searched for powerful mountains to give him long life. Reportedly, he died from poisoning due to ingesting mercury pills, made by his physicians believing it to be an elixir of immortality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin…
At a radiology conference in 1974, Lee Rogers, a physician who had mistakenly swallowed a soda can tab during a basketball game, addressed the hazard to the medical community, which lead to a redesign of a non-removable tab that reduced untold amounts of litter and injury to humans and wildlife. slate.com/human-interest/…
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…
A physician and sexual predator named John Schneeberger successfully foiled several DNA tests by surgically installing a tube in his arm filled with someone else's blood and then tricking the lab tech into taking the blood sample from it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of Frances Kelsey, the physician who refused to allow the deadly drug Thalidomide from entering circulation into the US in the 1960's, saving numerous American infants from disfiguration and birth defects en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Medieval plague doctors were often times not even doctors at all, but rather second rate physicians hired to simply keep death records, or in one case, a former fruit salesman. historydollop.com/2015/03…
Vincent Van Gogh gave his 1889 'Portrait of Doctor FΓ©lix Rey' to Dr. Rey (The physician who had treated his severed ear). The physician was not fond of the painting and used it to repair a chicken coop, then gave it away. In 2016, the portrait was estimated to be worth over $50 million en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Switzerland allows assisted suicide even by non physicians if carried out for altruistic/unselfish reasons theguardian.com/news/2019…
A diospyrobezoar is a hard mass that forms in the digestive tract due to ingesting persimmons. Korean physicians have successfully treated this condition by giving the patient diet soda ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The waterbed was invented by Scottish physician Neil Arnott in 1833 to β€œprevent bedsores in invalids” visionlaunch.com/who-inve…
It was a physician named John Snow who deduced that the cause of spread of Cholera in London in mid-nineteenth century, was contaminated water. His evidence included the 70 workers in the local brewery who only drank beer and all survived. theguardian.com/cities/20…

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