Which drug that was ever prescribed frequently, had seen the knowledge of now never be allowed to be used?

Heroin, late 19th century developed by Bayer… It seems to help against coughing.

Radium Therapy, for a long time, all sorts of healing properties were attributed to radioactive elements, including radium.

Soothing syrup

This miracle cure gave you to your children in the 19th century to make them calm.

The specimen on the photograph contained 65mg of real morphine.Our 19th century ancestors did not take half measures.

And also from the 19th century, not so much a medicine as does a medical act..

Female circumcision in 19th century England as “human and effective medicine” against “hysteria“.And under hysteria, in the 19th century, it was all that was meant to be a strange behaviour.

In 1866, Baker Brown published On the curability of certain forms of insanity, epilepsy, catalepsy, and hysteria in females: Isaac Baker Brown: Free download, Borrow, and Streaming: Internet Archive .

He called his method, which came down to removing the clitoris “humane and effective” and “a quick answer to problems such as hysteria, anger attacks, Catalepsy, Idiotics and Mania“.

Baker came up with the idea by reading about it in a text from the 5th century BC, written by Hippocrates.

However, it was about genital warts.

Ultimately, the Obstretical Society of London expressed its opposition to practice.Because of the procedure? No.Because of the lack of consent by the women? Also no.But because of the fact that Baker Brown performed the operations sometimes without the approval of the men and fathers of the women on which he operated.

In The USA, this was followed up to 1950, as a treatment against “depression, masturbation, lesbianism and hysteria“.

No medicine, but treatment, BLOODLETTING, until early in the twentieth century as a consequence of the total erroneous four humoors teachings of Galenus followed for 1.400 years, see Claudius Galenus and his humorenleer in that period The medicine also totally froze, no progress until this was gradually broken through in the 15th century, first recognizing that human anatomy is not equal to animal anatomy (section on human corpses, first illegal, later Legalized mostly on to death criminals), later 17th to 19th century physiology, how it all functioned in a healthy body, around 1930 meticulous description of how a disease is progressing.Until the 15th century, one could not even see if what was taught for almost a half millenium was correct, Empirics had not yet been invented, one wrote uncritically the same from one book to another book.

Ill people do a anemia so that they can circulate even less well…

A weird drug that was not recommended even long ago was smoking!It turns out that a doctor used to smoke in a nasty cough as a medicine.

Another fairly recent one that is certainly not good today. Is antibiotics, especially in the quantities we prescribe nowadays, we are working ourselves well in trouble!

Also, several other things that are now prescribed will tell the future whether it is all good and useful. We are getting less time (I hope!) and learn better what is and is not good in the longer term.I’d rather be extra cautious with everything I put in my body stop. If only a cough syrup.

Rohypnol, Softenon, cocaine….

Rohypnol: Sleeping medium.But in combination with alcohol/drugs a means that can induce very violent aggression. Murders have been committed.

Softenon: Sleep/tranquilizer.Has led to severely deformed babies, without arms and/or legs.

Cocaine: Painkiller.Proved very addictive.

Also many current painkillers and sleep medications turn out to be addictive.

The drug that should never have been prescribed is cocaine.

During excavations in Ecuador, it was discovered that 5000 years ago it was already chewed on coca leaves.

Around 1550, Explorers brought products such as cocaine leaves, coffee, tea and tobacco to Europe.However, lost their potency, so did not beat in Europe. Coffee and tobacco then again though.

In 1862, Nieman and Wohler managed to isolate the various components of the coca leaf.They wrote that the substance had a bitter taste and could stun the tongue locally. In 1923, Willst盲tter succeeded In artificially compiling cocaine without using the coca plant.


Freud also became interested in the fabric.His famous publication 脺ber Coca appeared in 1884.He tried cocaine on himself and was impressed with the effects. He saw several medical applications: such as an asthma remedy, poor condition, gastrointestinal disorders and alcohol and morphine addiction.

United States

There was a plethora of products such as ointments, powders, tablets, drinks, cigarettes containing cocaine at the end of the 19th century.All sorts of illnesses could be cured with it. In articles, Coke was portrayed as a miracle drug. Those medications were free for sale. We didn’t need a prescription for it. Pemberton introduced a drink in the USA based on coca leaves and kola nuts: Coca-Cola.

In 1903, Coca-Cola was not allowed to contain cocaine.

In 1914, the Harrisson Law (the American Opium Law) was introduced.The non-medical use of Coke was banned.

Softenon.This prevented miscarriages. But it led to serious deformities in the second generation. So in the grandchildren the consequences only became visible.

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