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

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

Questionable gadgets

In addition to the treatment of charlatans, the doctors of the American West used equipment of a quality and a effectiveness more than questionable.ADVERTISING

For example, they used a gadget called a pulsometer which was nothing more than a glass container with colored water in it and with bulbs at each end. The patient grabbed the pulsometer to take his pulse, and bubbles rose in the liquid. But what was this device actually measuring? Well, nowadays we can say, quite frankly, that he was measuring absolutely nothing at all.