Medicine in the past
Since the beginning of time, people have had illnesses and doctors have tried to cure them. In the days when people knew very little about medicine, some very strange and horrible cures were tried. Here are some of the worst!
Ancient Egyptians who had toothache didn't use to go to the dentist because there weren't any dentists in those days. So they used to find a dead mouse and put it in their mouth. They left it there for a few hours. Did it take the toothache away? Who knows?! But aren't you happy that there's a dentist near you?
Backache is no fun at all-people who suffer from it have a lot of pain. Sometimes it's because a vertebra(a bone in the back)is out of position. In ancient Greece, doctors used to cure backache like this: they tied the patient to a ladder, pulled the ladder up high and then let it fall to the ground. Bang! The vertebra went back into place. Well, that was the idea, but this 'cure' probably just made the backache worse!
来源：MSE指定教材 English In Mind (student's book 2)