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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

Treatment with dead dog

David Dary, author of the book Frontier Medicine released in 2008, tells us what remedy was used for gout and rheumatism in 1815.

The treatment consisted of slaughtering a "young fat dog" then skinning and gutting it. The viscera were then mixed with chicken eggs, nettles, "red peach worms", turpentine, sulfur, tobacco, etc. After that, the unholy mixture was returned to the bowels of the dead dog, and the whole thing was roasted while the patient sat by the fire. Impressive !