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What a Hospital Looked Like 100 Years Ago

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26. Band-Aids just coming on market

The Band-Aid was invented by Earle Dickson, a cotton buyer for Johnson & Johnson. He made the bandage because his wife was accident-prone. At the time people created bandages with gauze and tape. Johnson & Johnson put Band-Aid on the market in 1921.

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27. Cocaine used as wonder drug

We know cocaine as a drug that is used recreationally. In the first part of the 20th century, it was used in hospitals to treat hemorrhoids, indigestion, tooth aches, appetite suppression, and fatigue.

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28. Malaria used as treatment

In the early 20th century, doctors injected malaria germs into the bloodstream of patients to treat syphilis.

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29. Fewer medicine treatments

One hundred years ago, you could not get a vaccine for diphtheria, whooping cough, tuberculosis, tetanus, yellow fever, influenza, polio, or typhus. Insulin was first used for diabetes in 1922. Penicillin would not be discovered until 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming.

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