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bacterial infections before antibiotics...

Postby pinkypig » Mon May 05, 2008 2:17 pm

Does anybody know how people used to treat bacterial infections back in the days when antibiotics were not invented? Or if you guys know any good sites with this info please let me know asap!

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Postby MrMistery » Mon May 05, 2008 2:54 pm

Treat the symptoms and allow the immune system to kill the pathogen?
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Postby mith » Mon May 05, 2008 3:45 pm

Pretty much limited to preventive measures like boiling water etc

http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/mil ... apter3.htm

read the WWI section.
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Postby pinkypig » Mon May 05, 2008 5:45 pm

Thanks for that but does anybody have any other knowledge for this?
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Postby biohazard » Tue May 06, 2008 8:35 am

Well, here's one example that came to my mind:

Syphillis was treated with mercury for centuries before the antibiotics, and it even had some limited success (although the toxic effects of mercury itself sometimes were worse than it's curing effect).
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Postby pinkypig » Tue May 06, 2008 11:00 am

Thanks fo that mr biohazard! anymore suggestions ppl?
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Postby mith » Tue May 06, 2008 2:00 pm

they also used arsenic
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Postby MrMistery » Tue May 06, 2008 2:17 pm

it'd rather die of neurosyphillis than of mercury poisoning...
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Postby pinkypig » Tue May 06, 2008 6:22 pm

Thanks for all the ideas now can you post me somthing to my other two posts aswel plz!lol
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Re: bacterial infections before antibiotics...

Postby Ammycin » Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:04 am

Great discuss. In ancient days, people are used some kind of medicinal leaves to treat bacterial infections.
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