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

Treatment with a dead dog

David Dary, author of the book Frontier Medicine released in 2008 tells us what remedy was used for gout and rheumatism in 1815. These methods were closer to witchcraft than anything else. Modern man has no idea what experimental medicine was like a few centuries ago. Physicians in the Old West experimented with many different types of drugs that they deemed safe, which had consequences for the sick people who lived during this time period. We wouldn’t be where we are today in medicine if these doctors and lab technicians hadn’t tried. Their gaffes and blunders have provided new perspectives.

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The treatment consisted of slaughtering a “young fat dog” then skinning and gutting it. The viscera were then mixed with chicken eggs, nettles, “red peach worms”, turpentine, sulfur, tobacco, etc. After that, the unholy mixture was returned to the bowels of the dead dog, and the whole thing was roasted while the patient sat by the fire. Impressive! The stench was probably an unbearable, foul and violent stench that wasn’t too noxious. If a doctor today engages in such practices, they will almost certainly be called before a medical disciplinary college to account for their actions.

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