These widespread practices in the Wild West show how wild the times really were

By YEET MAGAZINE | Updated 1408 GMT (2208 HKT) September 29, 2021

A dangerous drug

Doctors in the Wild West seemed to have the habit of prescribing lethal concoctions to their patients.ADVERTISING

One of these drugs was called calomel. The problem was that it contained high concentrations of mercury, so it was dangerous. As it caused excessive secretion of saliva, this so-called "medicine" was used as an intestinal purgative and antiseptic. Unfortunately, he also tended to knock out people's teeth. A small side effect of nothing at all, you might say!