In 17th-century Poland, wet bread mixed with spider webs was used to cure wounds. It may sound stupid, but it work, as the bread contained fungal spores, including penicillin and naturally produced antibiotic substances.
Werner Forssmann, a physician, risked his own life to show that cardiac catheterization could work. He cut a hole in his arm and inserted a catheter into a vein, not knowing if the catheter might pierce a vein. He was later awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine.
Bayer sold a medicine tainted with HIV. Once it was discovered in the US, they continued to sell it overseas for over a year in order to clear stock.
Putting sugar on a cut will help healing and stop the flow of blood.
There is a male birth control shot being developed in India that lasts for 10 years, and has very minimal side effects so far.
Fecal transplant (ie poop transfusion from one human to another) is used to treat certain colon disorders.
In 1995 a surgeon performed an operation on a airplane using a coat hanger sterilized in brandy.
More people die from prescription painkiller overdoses than from heroin and cocaine overdoses combined.
A patient in a California ER in 1994 had “toxic blood”, which caused two dozens of hospital staff to faint, one of which experienced hepatitis as a result of being exposed to the patient’s blood.
There is a scientific scale to categorize the seven different types of bowel movements one can have. It’s called the Bristol Stool Scale.