View Single Post
  #15  
Old 06-25-2017, 12:25 PM
griffin1977 griffin1977 is online now
Guest
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2,726
Quote:
Originally Posted by sirwired View Post
He could counsel them on simple remedies, like bed rest and therapeutic heat and cold.

Quote:
Originally Posted by sirwired View Post
Carbolic acid is a disinfectant, like for cleaning surgical instruments, it's not something you take as a drug to treat infections. (It does have some use as a drug; it's the active ingredient (in small, dilute, doses) in throat spray.)
Yeah this is a really important point. Prior to the invention of penicillin for most infections the best treatment anyone could possibly hope for, even if they were the King of England with best scientific and medical minds on the planet at their beck and call, was "keep the patient warm and well fed, hope they recover". This is why the rise of antibiotic resistance is a very bad thing and everyone should be more worried about it.