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5 Things Doctors Used to Believe

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5 Things Doctors Used to Believe


If history can teach us anything, it’s that absolute truths are always evolving. Take medicine: before the discovering of viruses, germs and bacteria, and how they are linked to disease, Western medicine looked a whole lot different. Today it may be amusing to think of organs moving around our bodies or the nighttime as a breeding ground for illness, but, in prior centuries, that was accepted knowledge. Click through to learn about these and more concepts that doctors once held as true.

So now it’s your turn, readers: in 100 years, what current medical practice or idea will be on a list like this? Voice your opinions in the comments.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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4:35AM PST on Nov 12, 2014

Thank you!

8:57AM PST on Dec 17, 2012

the first made me laugh. the others weren't so funny. in another 100 years, we'll probably be shocked with what we consider common knowledge now.

8:27AM PST on Dec 17, 2012

What an unusual and striking article, thanks. I loved the wandering womb best of all!

12:19AM PST on Dec 15, 2012

I like the wandering womb as an answer to women's illnesses, thanks for the article. I live in a place (Germany) where people are still convinced that if you get a chill you will get sick, that if you sit on a cold bench or you don't cover your kidneys you'll get a bladder infection. Modern medicine is no combatant to old beliefs.

12:09AM PST on Dec 15, 2012

This belief about the uterus moving around in the body is not just an old, former belief. My close friend in Taiwan was not allowed to go up or down stairs for the first month after giving birth to each of her kids because her in-laws told her that using stairs for the first month would cause her uterus to wander around her body. Since the land in Taiwan is so expensive, houses go up and not out, so she was limited to her bedroom and a bathroom for a full month!

1:12AM PST on Nov 10, 2012

Wandering Womb!! Wow!

11:42AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012


10:56AM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

Firstly, I wish Carec2 will find a way to shorten and consolidate these pages.
Ineteresting, old wives tales did hold some credibility, even unto the 21st century.

7:58AM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Interesting. Thanks.

1:35AM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

For some reason, this doesn't surprise me, when even 150 years ago, some ailments were "the wiles of a woman".

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