Fads And Quackery In Health Care

By | May 29, 2023 | 0 Comments

• Ancient times to 1800s: Bleeding used as a treatment for many diseases. George Washington may have been bled to death by physicians. Then actual treatments were discovered.
• Middle Ages: Wounds were treated with boiling oil or red-hot irons. Then clean, dry dressings were discovered.
• Ancient times to 1950s: Children were given enemas for various reasons including hyperactivity. Then ADHD and dietary fiber were discovered.
• 2010s to 2020s: Young people were subjected to puberty blockers, mastectomies, and castration. Then gender identity disorder was rediscovered as a mental disorder and treated as such. At least we can hope.

Fads are to be expected in clothing, shoes, hair styles, music, and entertainment. But when fads affect health care, real damage can result. It is.

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