Strange, offbeat, and obscure medicinal facts

April 8, 2016

How do you relieve a child’s nasal congestion? Some people once thought rubbing warm whiskey on a child’s sole would do the trick.

How do you relieve a child’s nasal congestion? Some people once thought rubbing warm whiskey on the child’s sole would do the trick. And forget about that epidural to ease labor pains. In Georgia, mountaineers believed placing a sharp axe under the bed of a woman in labor would decrease her pain.

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For years, Drug Topics urged pharmacy customers, owners, and workers to submit unusual pharmacy/medical facts. If the information tidbit was verified, the magazine paid $1 to the submitter.

The result was our "It’s a Fact" page, a hilarious collection of offbeat, strange, and curious remedies that once passed as accepted pharmacy and medical solutions. These make you appreciate medical advancements.