One of the less-alluringly named nostrums. Full story here.
Our own WUvian, Tyrusguy, had polycystic kidney disease, in which the kidneys form cysts all over them. Over time the kidneys become very large, Ty's were 20 pounds, and stop functioning. Eventually the kidneys must be removed and the patient must go on dialysis until they receive a new kidney. I say he had the disease because he no longer does since the 'evil twins' were removed on lucky Friday the 13th. Ty came through with flying colors and is recuperating at home. A picture of his kidneys is in extended, not safe for stomachs- you have been duly warned.
Briefly in the 1950s it became popular to sit in mildly radioactive dirt as a panacea for many ills.
The house above in Rotan, TX, was one such establishment.
LIFE magazine article here.
Plagues have always been with us. Here's an instance from 1905.
What was this exotic mystery germ? The answer is here.
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Original article here.
Frozen poop pills?!?
Yes, that is what they are using to treat Clostridium difficile, or C diff, a bacteria that when over abundant in the bowel causes debilitating diarrhea. Samples of feces from a healthy donor with a good bacterial balance in the bowel are put in capsules that are acid resistant and frozen. The capsule is acid resistant so it will not dissolve before carrying the good bacteria to the intestines where it is needed. It is frozen to make it easier for the patient to swallow. The treatment has been very successful and that is great, but I have one word for the Doctors involved: suppositories!
Sure, they had to work in hot, stifling conditions. They frequently suffered from bronchitis, silicosis, TB and rheumatism. Rock falls, flooding, and arsenic poisoning were constant dangers. (Arsenic being a by-product of tin mining). But they didn't get pimples. So life was good.
[info about the dangers of tin mining from bbc.co.uk
Rabies, once called hydrophobia
due to the afflicted's aversion to water in later stages of the disease, is very rare and easily treated today. If the patient is diagnosed and treated quickly that is. Unfortunately for a Maryland native he contracted the disease through a kidney transplant and no one had a clue till it was to late to save him. Other recipients of organs from the same donor are being given rabies treatment as a safety measure as are caregivers and family of the man who died. Definitely not something you hear about every day, thank goodness!
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Poor Wallace Rossall. With his "twisted insides" he was obviously doomed to an early death.
But maybe not!
If this death record
pertains to our Wallace--correct birth date; still living in California at time of death--then he lived to the decent age of 65 or 66.