Crazy Medical Treatments From Olden Days

Drinking Blood: Fresh From The Source

10. Drinking Blood: Fresh From The Source

If you are not grossed out already, brace yourself, In 16th and 17th century Europe, people suffering from chronic headaches or stomach ailments were prescribed medicines that consisted of human flesh, bones, and blood.

Not just any corpse flesh, the first preference was given to Egyptian mummies which due to growing demand were stolen from their tombs. Ancient Romans drank the blood of slain gladiators to acquire their strength as well as cure epilepsy.

It was believed that the blood had to be procured as fresh as possible while it still contained the vitality of the living. The 16th-century German-Swiss physician Paracelsus even encouraged his followers to drink blood while it was still flowing in the veins of the living. What could possibly be “fresher” than that? Yeah, right!

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