Driving illness away!

Being sick or lazy centuries ago was no joke. You could get subjected to strange treatments, most of them not enjoyable in the least. This month, let’s dig up some interesting diagnoses and cures that physicians of the past painstakingly came up with.

Man aiming magnet at moon
Illustration: © Rama Ramesh

Magnets fight back the moon
Magnets these days are used in advanced diagnostic devices, but in the past they served certain weird purposes. Back then, the moon was thought to be responsible for intermittent episodes of depression and hysteria. An Austrian physician knew the best way to beat the moon’s forces — magnets! Drape magnets all over the patient’s body and watch a medical miracle as body fluids get redistributed and mental equilibrium restored!

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Rama Ramesh is a creative writer who has written stories and features for children’s magazines and has co-authored a series of nanotechnology books for kids.