10 Outrageous Medical Treatments From Medicine’s Dark Ages

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2. Where Does It Hurt?

During the 13th Century, the branding iron became the go-to medical instrument for many physicians of the time. Regarded as a treatment that could cure almost anything, the red-hot implements were used to “cure” common ailments such as hernia, epilepsy, phlegm and bad skin. It was considered such a valuable instrument that it was used to treat depression as well! The guidelines used by one doctor involved piercing the cranium of the patient to “allow the escape of the offensive matter…while the patient is restrained in bonds.”

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