Health & medicine

Coca cola drink with cocaine -1901

Cocaine-laced Coca-Cola introduced (1886)

Did Coca-Cola once have cocaine in it? Amazingly, yes. Originally marketed as a health drink when it debuted in the 1880s, Coca-Cola was said to cure everything from a migraine (aka "sick headache") to physical exhaustion to depression.
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Women: How to gain weight (1918)

Hot chocolate. Roast beef. Bread with butter. Naps. No, this isn't the ideal vacation, but tips on how to gain weight from a famous actress of long ago.

Benjamin Franklin’s advice for getting better sleep (1786)

While Benjamin Franklin may be known for 'Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise,' that wasn't his only insight on the subject of sleep. In the summer of 1786, he wrote this, 'The Art of Procuring Pleasant Dreams.'

New drug found in common soil (1948)

In a bit of common soil taken from a Venezuelan field, Yale scientists have found a new and spectacularly successful weapon for the battle of man vs. microbes: Chloromycetin.
Why grow old Plastic surgery in the 1920s

Why grow old? Plastic surgery in the 1920s

Based on the state of plastic surgery in the 1920s, and with regular improvements in science, one journalist suggested in 1922 that soon women wouldn't have to age - 'I mean shriveled or waddling old and all that.'