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    11 of the Weirdest Medical Facts Ever Believed

    From the Drug Topics archives, one of most popular features in our history returns.

    As you may know, Drug Topics has been serving pharmacists since 1856. In that time we’ve published millions of articles on the latest news and tips to help pharmacists do their jobs better. But one of the most popular features we’ve ever put out is “It’s a Fact,” a collection of health-care beliefs from all over the world.

    The column celebrated the often strange health-care beliefs people around the world and throughout time have had. From taking arsenic to cure common colds in old England to the growing list of drugs withdrawn from the market, humans have been getting medicine wrong for as long as we’ve been practicing it. “It’s a Fact” offered Drug Topics readers a whole dollar for submitting their best fact along with something proving that fact, and then those facts were turned into beautiful illustrations.

    Related article: The Top 10 Wackiest Pharmacy Stories From the 70s: Part I

    We make no guarantees on these facts, presenting them exactly as they were back 50 and 60 years ago—spelling mistakes and all (by the way, Nero’s second wife spelled her name Poppaea Sabina).

    While these cartoons won’t necessarily help you become a better pharmacist, they’ll at least make you more interesting!

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