Horrifying Ways Doctors used To Treat Common Medical Issues

Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids used to be treated with a smoldering hot red iron that was inserted into the anus and essentially cauterized. They were thought to have been caused by sitting on tainted (no pun intended) rocks and this was the only way they knew to rid the rectum of the little buggers. .
Hemorrhoids

Speech Impediment

A procedure called a glossectomy which literally means "to remove the tongue" used to be the treatment for a lisp and other speech impediments. The procedure was done with the crazy tools you see here...
Speech Impediment

Teeth Whitening

The ancient Romans used to use urine to whiten their teeth. It actually works too, in case you want to try it, because the urine breaks down into ammonia which works for teeth whitening.
Teeth Whitening

Good Blood Bad Blood

Bloodletting, the process by which blood is removed from the body used to be a cure for all sorts of ailments. If the "doctor" couldn't figure out the ailment he would usually just drain the "bad blood" from a patient in an effort to remove the sickness.
Good Blood Bad Blood

Corpse Medicine

Romans believed that ground up remains of fallen gladiators would cure or better the patient. They would grind up mummified remains and make an elixir that was supposed to really get you goin'!
Corpse Medicine

Toothache

Yep, cocaine used to be totally legal and a cure for toothaches. Maybe it worked, or maybe the patient was just so coked up they didn't care.
Toothache

Heroin For Children's Coughs

Yes the pharmaceutical giant used to manufacture heroin which was prescribed as a cough remedy for children, and adults. It's actually not much different than opiod cough syrups prescribed today.
Heroin For Children's Coughs