How Well Do You Know History’s Worst Health Claims?

History has made some pretty brazen health claims throughout the last few centuries. Do you think you can decipher these bizarre health claims better than most?
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Which of the following treatments is considered one of medicine's oldest remedies?
Bloodletting
Lobotomy
Coma therapy
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True or false: Before the College of Physicians was founded in the 16th century, is it true some doctors believed a person could get sick based on the alignment of the planets?
True
False
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There was a time when if you wanted to exfoliate your skin, you could use a product containing tiny plastic beads. Do these products still exist?
Yes
No
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In the 18th and 19th centuries, hemiglossectomies, procedures to remove part of the tongue, were commonly performed to correct what problem?
Oral cancer
Canker sores
Stuttering
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During the 18th century, what would have been an acceptable treatment for a person with symptoms of a mental illness?
Restraint
Ice water baths
Isolation
All of the above
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Which was once a common ingredient in teething relievers?
Menthol
Cannibus
Alcohol
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How far back can we trace the earliest evidence of opium usage?
The 7th century
3,400 BCE
1900
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Got a toothache? Up until 1914, you could buy "toothache drops," which numbed the pain with which active ingredient?
Cocaine
Cannibus
Clove oil
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What was a sip of absinthe once thought to cure?
Scabies
Roundworms
Schizophrenia
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Mercury was once used as a treatment for which sexually transmitted disease?
Clamydia
Gonnoreah
Syphilis
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Which brand of cigarette claimed "more doctors smoke ____ than any other cigarette!"?
Camels
Marlboros
Old Gold
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Which spirit was thought to ward off plague?
Gin
Whiskey
Wine
Result
Uh-oh, it appears in our exploration to delineate weird health claims, you hit a wall! While you may be somewhat privy to the historical claims made about health and wellness, you're far from an expert. While we admire your tenacity, you need to study up!

C+, Health Claim Hinderance

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When it comes to the most absurd health claims made throughout history, you're practically a hero! While you may have missed a few questions, your knowledge on medical mishaps is far superior to that of the average American. Carry on!

B+, Health Claim Hero

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Based on the results of this quiz, you are a true health claim aficiando! While anyone can claim to know the historical claims made about health and wellness, you actually do. From the absurd to the crazy, you know your stuff!

A+, Health Claim Aficiando

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1
Which of the following treatments is considered one of medicine's oldest remedies?
Bloodletting
Lobotomy
Coma therapy
2
True or false: Before the College of Physicians was founded in the 16th century, is it true some doctors believed a person could get sick based on the alignment of the planets?
True
False
3
There was a time when if you wanted to exfoliate your skin, you could use a product containing tiny plastic beads. Do these products still exist?
Yes
No
4
In the 18th and 19th centuries, hemiglossectomies, procedures to remove part of the tongue, were commonly performed to correct what problem?
Oral cancer
Canker sores
Stuttering
5
During the 18th century, what would have been an acceptable treatment for a person with symptoms of a mental illness?
Restraint
Ice water baths
Isolation
All of the above
6
Which was once a common ingredient in teething relievers?
Menthol
Cannibus
Alcohol
7
How far back can we trace the earliest evidence of opium usage?
The 7th century
3,400 BCE
1900
8
Got a toothache? Up until 1914, you could buy "toothache drops," which numbed the pain with which active ingredient?
Cocaine
Cannibus
Clove oil
9
What was a sip of absinthe once thought to cure?
Scabies
Roundworms
Schizophrenia
10
Mercury was once used as a treatment for which sexually transmitted disease?
Clamydia
Gonnoreah
Syphilis
11
Which brand of cigarette claimed "more doctors smoke ____ than any other cigarette!"?
Camels
Marlboros
Old Gold
12
Which spirit was thought to ward off plague?
Gin
Whiskey
Wine