These widespread practices in the Far West demonstrate how very wild the times were

Drink to kill leeches

Falling ill in the lands of the Old West was no picnic. Even if you could find a doctor, there was no guarantee that the treatment would be effective. For people living at the time, prevention was preferable to cure. If you became ill, you had to hope that you would recover quickly. People went about their lives and tried to work as safely as they could; when lifting heavy wooden beams, they had to enlist the assistance of their coworkers. Those who were resourceful and cautious with their bodies could avoid becoming ill.

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It was not uncommon for bleeding to be the only way to cure an illness; doctors even used leeches in some cases! Yes, that sticky insection that sucks on your red blood. It was terrifying how this method worked, and when the patient, who was lying on the floor, was doused in buckets of leech and accidentally swallowed one of these disgusting, filthy critters. The solution was straightforward: drink a full glass of wine every 15 minutes, hoping that the alcohol would kill the filthy beast. This process was repeated until the patient defecated on the animal. These were difficult times to live in.

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