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Miracle cure-alls throughout the ages

Every age had its panacea, from the year 800 to the Roaring Twenties. Purported cure-alls spoke to the anxieties and preoccupations of the cultural moment. Join us on a whirlwind tour through history’s most bizarre, intriguing, and deadly miracle cures.

Words by Amelia Soth

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About the author

Amelia Soth

Amelia lives in Chicago and writes the column ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ for JSTOR Daily.