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April 14, 2016

Tisket-a-Tasket

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 14, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Humor, Medicine, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1940's, Genitals,

March 11, 2016

Human Flesh Cure

The 1999 film Ravenous (starring Guy Pearce and Robert Carlyle) is about cannibalism. It's loosely inspired by the stories of the Donner Party and Alferd Packer. But it also includes the idea that eating human flesh can cure any wound or disease.

I was reminded of that film when I came across this real-life case, from 1932, of someone trying the human-flesh cure, apparently successfully. But I wonder why the husband fed his wife only a third of his thigh steak? What did he do with the rest? Does eating too much human flesh turn someone into a vampire?

The Des Moines Register - Dec 25, 1932



In Fukuoka prefecture, Japan, banking on the superstition that to eat of human flesh cures all ills, a Korean whose wife had neuralgia cut a half-pound slice of flesh off his thigh, cut the slice in three parts, cooked one part, fed it to his wife, telling her it was rabbit. His wife improved; he went to the government hospital with an infected thigh.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 11, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Cannibalism, Medicine, 1930's,

December 12, 2015

Paleo Diet of 1916

The idea that we'd all be healthier if we lived and ate like the cave man did has been around a long time. It long predates the current "paleo diet" trend.

For instance, back in 1916, the makers of Nujol wanted everyone to believe that if you pooped a lot, like the cave man did, you'd be a model of health. Nujol was basically raw petroleum, which is why it was sold by the Standard Oil company. It's name meant "New Oil." Read more of Nujol's history here.

Source: Oregon Daily Journal - Sep 21, 1916



Posted By: Alex - Sat Dec 12, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Medicine, 1910's,

September 27, 2015

Groovy Dentist

"Groovy people should wear groovy clothes," said San Francisco dentist Rodney Pain in 1971. "That way we turn on the whole world."

Pain embodied this ideal by doing away with the white tunic typically worn by dentists and always wearing groovy clothes instead.

Dr. Pain sounded familiar, and then I realized that I've posted about him before. He's the same guy who made the news in 1966 because he played bagpipes for his patients while waiting for their fillings to set.

Well, I assume it's the same guy. How many dentists named Rodney Pain could there be in San Francisco?

Note that in the 1966 photo, he isn't yet wearing groovy clothes.

Colorado Springs Gazette - Mar 5, 1971



Dr. Rodney Pain in 1966, playing bagpipes

Posted By: Alex - Sun Sep 27, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Medicine, 1970's,

September 22, 2015

Do You See It?

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Do you see an image of a person, place or thing on this brain scan? If so what do you see? If not tell that too. No cheating, only go to the link after you tell us what you see if you see anything at all.

Posted By: patty - Tue Sep 22, 2015 - Comments (22)
Category: Ambiguity, Uncertainty and Deliberate Obscurity, Medicine, Brain,

April 14, 2015

Kidney stone-removing bed

Zhu Qinghua, a Chinese rice farmer, has invented a "kidney stone-removing bed." A person is strapped into the bed and hung upside down. Then the entire device vibrates intensely thanks to some kind of tractor engine attached to it.

Zhu has been strapping his wife into this thing and claims it's completely cured her kidney stones. [shanghaiist.com]

Posted By: Alex - Tue Apr 14, 2015 - Comments (8)
Category: Inventions, Medicine,

March 21, 2015

BIG-CAT SCAN

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A lion getting a CAT scan!

Posted By: patty - Sat Mar 21, 2015 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Hospitals, Medicine,

March 20, 2015

Hiccupops

What were you doing when you were 16? Not much? 16-year-old Mallory Kievman has invented a cure for hiccups (one that apparently actually works) and set up a business to manufacture it. She's also been invited to the White House Science Fair in a few days. From patch.com:

Kievman invented "hiccupops" after her own bout with the hiccups around the seventh grade. She researched cures and found three things that helped cure them (and were backed up by some scientific research) — apple cider, sugar and sucking on lollipops. She decided to combine all three into one product... Kievman then started setting up a business to manufacture it. Right now, she’s on the brink of getting it distributed and ready for sale.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 20, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Inventions, Medicine,

March 18, 2015

Violet Rays

Good thing they clarified that this was NOT a vibrator. Otherwise someone might have gotten hurt.


Source: Illustrated World, March 1920.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 18, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Medicine, 1920's,

March 6, 2015

Woodward’s Gripe Water

Gripe water is what people used to give to kids to calm them down if they had colic, teething pains, etc. But what exactly was in the stuff? According to wikipedia, the main ingredients were alcohol, dill oil, sodium bicarbonate, sugar, and water. But this ad makes me think there must have been a little something extra in the Indian formulation of the stuff.


via reddit

Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 06, 2015 - Comments (11)
Category: Medicine, 1930's,

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