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11 Bizarre Ways They Treated The Flu In The Olden Days

A guide to treating and preventing the flu circa a long time ago.

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1. You'd smoke bomb your lungs.

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1880: Cure influenza with this "smoke ball" (right, if by "cure" you mean "feeling groovy") as endorsed by the Duke of Portland! You'd insert tubes in your nose, then squeeze the ball to release vapors of carbolic acid.

2. This was the hospital. Blerg.

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In 1918, the world was hit with one of the worst pandemics, which killed 20-50 million people worldwide. Welcome to your new home: a hospital made of rows of tents.


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