Based on a frontier doctor named Andrew Still, Cholera was treated by letting the patient lay stretched over two holes in the ground, to vomit on one hole, and purge in the other.
19th Century(1854-1899) Pharmaceutical
A mixture of molasses (or sugar) and water along with a few drops of vitriol (sulfuric acid) was recommended by Dr. Rush to drink during a meal
20th Century (1900-1949) Medical Practice
Shock therapy was typically given to patients with mental disorders an was done without the use of muscle relaxants or anesthesia. This resulted in a full-scale convulsion which led to memory loss or even dislocated bones.
20th Century (1900-1949) Pharmaceutical
Cocaine was used to cure almost everything during the 1900s. It was used as an anesthetic and stimulant for surgeries to numb the pain
Lobotomies were used to treat mental illness by placing an incision on the parietal lobe of the brain( using an ice pick) that reduced pressure. It was believed that a third of the lobotomies that were done were successful.
Mercury was used in medicine as a treatment for illnesses such as syphilis and typhoid fever. Although with the effects it fabricated, patients were impressed by its "powerful treatment" and blamed mercury poisong as the worsening of the original disease