One of the Weirdest Medical Journals Ever Written Is Available Online

One of the Weirdest Medical Journals Ever Written Is Available Online

Using pseudo-science instead of actual medical expertise to cure people of illnesses isn’t anything new. This kind of thing was commonplace in ancient times due to the lack of knowledge of the human body during this period. Research from Cambridge sheds light on one of the earliest examples of ancient medicine. A journal written by Simon Forman, a London-based medical practitioner from the 1600s, and his protege Richard Napier details some of strange methods they took to curing patients of diseases. A known alchemist, Forman usually resorted to “elixirs” or “purges” to people searching for treatment for their deteriorating mental …