Have you ever wondered exactly how we know what we do about medicine? Ever thought about what medical experiments people did to themselves to learn the things we take for granted today? Well, try as you might, history is here to prove that truth really is stranger than fiction, and life in the past could be a painful and horrifying experience for those striving to make significant medical advances. Kudos to the brave men and women who experimented on themselves to give us medical insights and treatments.
Past medical treatments were so terrifying that it makes sense that people would do anything to find better ones, including pursuing some "miracle cures" that proved far more harmful—like radium-laced everything, which was all the rage at the turn of the 20th century—than they were helpful. Thankfully for the human race, not all these trailblazing experimenters used patients as guinea pigs; some of them went above and beyond, using their own bodies as living petri dishes and contracting self-inflicted medical conditions for the good of all humankind.
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