Doctor Knows Best

Having a hard time convincing your doctor that modern medicine has had its mistakes? Show them this…

Neatorama has reprinted an excellent collection of medicines that have come and gone.

Is there anything radium can’t do? In the 1920s and early 1930s, companies touted it as a cure-all and put the radioactive element in toothpaste, ear plugs, soap, suppositories, and even contraceptives.

I suspect it was quite effective as a contraceptive.

And here’s a sweetener you probably haven’t thought of:

Ancient Romans used lead in everything from paint to dishware to plumbing, despite warnings from Caesar’s engineers. Actually, Romans loved the stuff so much that they added lead acetate to wine as a sweetener.

Sadly, I’ve had no success at determining the carb content of lead acetate.