boingboing at July 2nd, 2013 09:34 — #1
In Ancient Egypt, doctors applied electric eels to patients with migraines. In the medieval times dentists burned candles into patients’ mouths to kill off those pesky invisible worms gnawing at their teeth. Even in the modern era, one of the world’s best-known brain surgeons, Dr. Walter Freeman drove ice picks into patients’ eyes to practice… READ THE REST
aliceweir at July 2nd, 2013 12:37 — #2
Great article! Rather surprised you don't mention the last several decades of poisoning patients with cancer, although we refer to it as 'chemotherapy' and 'radiation therapy'. The Romans would be so very, very proud!
antinous at July 2nd, 2013 16:13 — #3
Exactly the same! Except for the part about chemo and radiation actually working some of the time.
aliceweir at July 2nd, 2013 21:46 — #4
Quite possibly, the Roman poison worked some of the time, as well. And more probably, in the future our modern chemotherapy and radiation will be seen as being equally as barbaric - not to mention, often involving known carcinogenic chemicals and effects, themselves. Perhaps, it will look a little like the stretch from Roman electric eels, to modern electroshock therapy - which, strangely enough, is still practiced in some places. It seems we very often merely find fancier, more technologically-advanced ways to perform old-fashioned approaches to problems, rather than new approaches altogether.
jardine at July 2nd, 2013 21:52 — #5
I've had migraines. When you have a migraine, an electric eel to the head doesn't sound like a bad idea.
boingboing at July 7th, 2013 09:34 — #6
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