The eccentricities of the doctors of the Wild West, whether or not they had any medical training, seem to have known no bounds. They had preconceived ideas on how to treat certain patients. During that time, doctors treated patients as if they were cattle, and there was a lot of scrap medicine. Some might say, ”My brew also worked for Pietjes, so give this patient the same treatment, and he’ll be fine in no time”! This is insane, but it was the reality at the time.
Take one of their treatments for malaria, for example, which consisted of undressing the patient and leaving him uncovered outside to “cool” him as much as possible. This process, accelerated by buckets of cold water, was intended to induce chills. And if unfortunately, the tremors became too severe, they administered opium, just that! Hit or miss! This was intense because it was a frightening scene. Fortunately, we will not be subjected to these practices. Malaria medicines are now available, and people no longer have to die due to this dreadful virus.