The Most Insane Medical Practices in History
8. Toothache was treated with smoking goat fat.
Even in ancient times, people knew how to make dental fillings and prostheses. A human tooth was found in Italy with signs of dental work, determined to be approximately 14,000 years old. Some ancient methods were quite unusual. Avicenna recommended smoking the patient with a burning mixture of goat fat, henbane, and onion as a dental treatment. Pliny the Elder believed that the only way to get rid of toothache was catching a toad at midnight, spitting in its mouth, and saying special "curing" words