Unbelievable Medical Procedures (GAME)


You wont believe what some doctors used
to do to ‘help’ their patients. Let’s talk about that. ♪(theme music)♪ – Good Mythical Morning!
– Now, when doctors take the Hippocratic oath,
they’re basically saying, “I’m not gonna do anything to harm
my patients.” – Hopefully help.
– Yes, but, for most of the past, all you had to do to be a doctor was just
have, like, a lot of confidence and a – little bottle of tincture,
– (laughs) and some of the things that doctors did
to ‘help’ their patients, I think, did more harm than good,
and we’re gonna find out today whether or not you’re good at deciphering
whether or not the things that we’re going to tell you about are real or fake!
It’s time to play: – ♪(trumpet music)♪
– (Rhett) Is This Ridiculous Remedy Real? – Or Do I Have An Overactive Imagination?
– Now, we’ve talked about weird folk remedies before,
but this is different. These are actual remedies
from real doctors – ‘Real doctors’!
– in the past, right? Yes, yes.
These are the things that the medical – community did.
– Or you made up. – Or maybe they didn’t!
– Okay. That’s the question.
Now, here’s how this works, Link. I’m gonna present a
procedure to you. You tell me if it’s real or fake.
If you get it wrong, you have to take a little drop of
Rhett’s Remarkable Remedy. It’s very tasty as you will find out
unless you don’t get any wrong, – and then I’ll drink some later.
– Okay. Alright, here’s the first one:
If you had a headache or a stomach ache in Europe anytime between the twelfth and
seventeenth centuries, you could expect to be prescribed
ground-up bones and flesh of mummies. What are you gonna do with it?
Eat it, of course! Man. They’re destroying, like,
historical mummies for headaches? – And tummy aches.
– Man, someone’s gotta step in and protest that.
Not still doing it, are they? – (laughs)
– Well, it’s the twelfth and seventeenth – centuries.
– This rings true, and I think it’s also effective.
I’m saying true. – You’re right, Link!
– (ding sound) It’s real!
It’s called mummy powder. This was such a popular cure-all
that some doctors who couldn’t find actual historical mummies just ground
up dead people. – Yeah. That’s what a mummy is.
– Yeah, well, but not like– – Just like grandma.
– Ew. – (crew laughs)
– You know, they, like, died yesterday of the flu.
That didn’t work. – Oh. It didn’t.
– Grandma and the mummies. – Okay.
– Neither of them worked. – Hm.
– How about this? – But I got it right.
– When the Black Plague showed up in your ‘hood,
Medieval doctors recommended a two-step procedure:
Step one: Seal your farts in jars. Step two:
Open those jars and sniff your own farts. – (laughs)
– Not to be confused with fart in a jar. – Pootcrate.com.
– Pootcrate that we started. – Our side business.
– (crew laughs) Which was not meant to treat anything
it was just meant for – (laughing) pleasure.
– (crew laughs) But this was to treat the Black Plague.
Mm. Well if we would’ve know that, we would’ve put that into the marketing
for Pootcrate. – Right, yeah.
– Instead, we made up Pootcrate in the same way you made up that one, so.
That’s what I’m saying. It’s false. I mean,
they didn’t have jars back then anyway. – It’s real, Link.
– (buzzer sound) – What?
– Doctors believe that ‘like cured like’. They applied that to a lot of things.
So, they thought that since the Plague was caused by deadly vapors,
they precribed – (both) deadly vapors.
– as the cure. Surprisingly, this didn’t work!
Sixty percent of Europe’s population was killed by the Black Plague. – Alright, so, what is this?
– I don’t know. – It’s not from your person, is it?
– No, no. It’s not, like, – oil from my forehead.
– (crew laughs) – Could be, though.
– That’s a lot. It is rosemary–
No, no. It is – (Stevie) Oil of oregano.
– Oil of oregano, which is– You know,
it’s a supplement. It’s just gonna be unpleasant.
But it could– Oh gosh. You didn’t have to do that much.
Refreshing? – (crew laughs)
– (exhales) You’re gonna lose the ability to taste.
Don’t– I was– Just a drop, man. – Not the whole vile.
– How much went in my mouth? – A lot.
– (crew laughs) Like, seven drops.
Good luck with that. – (laughs) Oh!
– Alright, while you’re recovering from that,
I’ll tell ya’ in– – I can’t even speak!
– (crew laughs) – In Elizabethan London–
– My tongue is frozen! – Do you feel like you’re being remedied?
– No. I feel like my tongue has disappeared. – Mm.
– It’s numb! Take some time to recover.
In Elizabethan London, lustrous, healthy hair was considered
a sign of wealth. So, if yours started falling out,
you better douse it with cat urine! It was believed that this could reverse
the process of male baldness. – Cat urine shampoo.
– Well, cats shed when they pee on themselves. So this doesn’t–
No they don’t pee on them– – What.
– (crew laughs) – I think my remedy is backfiring.
– I’m gonna say that’s– I’m gonna say that’s true.
I don’t think it works, – but I’ma say it’s true.
– Link, I made this one up. – (buzzer sound)
– Awh. – (crew laughs)
– (laughs) Gosh. Mm. – Made it up. However at–
– My breath smells like an – Italian restaurant exploded.
– It will not help with baldness, but rubbing cat urine on your hair does
have one very pronounced effect. It makes your hair smell like cat urine. Okay. That’s another dip.
Another drip. – That’s true, by the way.
– Yeah. – When you put cat urine–
– Yeah, I’ve tried it. – Eugh.
– Woah. (sniffs) Wow, you do.
It smells like the Olive Garden over there. – (exhales) Ew.
– If you had a stutter in the nineteenth century, you might cure yourself by having
a triangular wedge cut out of your tongue without anesthesia.
Sure, you may never speak again, – but at least you aren’t stuttering!
– You vifurtate your tongue? Yeah. I think bifurcate.
Is vifurtate a word? – I think we’ve had this argument before.
– (crew laughs) – We’ve been through this.
– I can bifurcate it. You can vifutate it. I thought they cut the thing underneath
the tongue. Mm. Mm! Hm-hm.
Got some bread to dip in your mouth? – (crew laughs)
– I’ma say true. I think this is true. – You’re right, Link.
– (ding sound) – This is actually from J.F. Deifenbach.
– But when it didn’t work– What? Didn’t he stop prescribing this – Yeah, that’s exactly what happened.
– hanus thing? It’s exactly what happened.
He did it for a while and they were like, “It doesn’t work,” and he was like,
“Okay, I’ll stop.” – (crew laughs)
– I’ll just open, like, – a piercing parlor.
– Yup. Back in Ancient Egypt,
it was a good idea to keep a stash of moldy bread on hand.
This way when your cousin stabs you over your favorite amulet,
you could rub the moldy bread all over – the wound to cure it!
– True. You– You’re so confident.
So confident. – I is so confident.
– Well, that’s true! – It is real.
– (ding sound) – Yeah, I’ve heard about moldy bread.
– Well, I mean, that’s how antibiotics were discovered in the first place,
you know. They discovered that mold–
‘Penicillin’ could fight off infections. – In Egypt.
– No. And the thing is,
I don’t know how well this actually works, but it’s based on–
I mean, the principle– – They stumbled into it.
– Mold does have antibiotic properties. – Aah.
– How ’bout this one? If you were a Medieval lady on
her lady week, – I could be.
– you didn’t have a whole lot of options to reduce cramping.
Frequently, doctors prescribed a poultice made
of horse manure and poison ivy as a way to get rid of the pain.
Hey, at least you’re focusing on the itching and not the cramping!
(laughs) – Poison ivy and manure?
– Horse – (both) manure
– and poison ivy? – Yeah. As a poultice.
– Applied where? Just anywhere the pain’s coming.
The mid-region. – (crew laughs)
– Oh, gosh. – The thorax.
– I mean, I would believe one or the other,
but you put those two things together– Man. Your cruel mind made this one up.
False. – It is fake.
– (ding sound) – Yes! It was so bad.
– But you know where I got this from? I actually looked at a pack of Midol
and I saw that two of the inactive ingredients were horse manure and
poison ivy. – (crew and Link laughs)
– Not true! I didn’t see that, Midol! – Don’t sue me!
– (sings) Midol will help you get your Z’s. – It is not– That is not in Midol.
– (normal voice) That’s not right. – (crew laughs)
– And that is not the slogan for Midol. Forget we ever mentioned it.
I’m just talking about a doll that I own. – Okay?
– He does have a lot of dolls. – Alright, Link.
– Like, he makes his bed, and then he places all the dolls on
the bed and he’s like, – “Don’t touch my dolls!”
– Okay, Link, one more chance to avoid – another drop of my remedy.
– Oh, okay. You might think I’m blowing smoke
up your butt when I tell you that blowing smoke up your butt was a
frequently used remedy in Europe from the early eighteenth century up until
the early nineteenth century. – Yep.
– So the opposite of the jar. – The opposite of the jar.
– (crew laughs) – No, there’s no farts involved in this.
– Oh. – It’s just–
– No, you’re makin’ a fart. It’s one person–
I think you can– – That’s how farts are made.
– You could probably do this to yourself with, like, a cigarette and a tube,
or you can a doctor to do it. – Blow smoke up your–
– I think there’s probably a kit that you get at home.
The home kit for blowing smoke – up your own butt.
– (crew laughs) – Yes.
– Use a pipe, cigar. Okay, I’m gonna say–
(laughs) Man, I hope this is false.
True. I’ma say true though. – You’re right, Link!
– (ding sound) – Oh! They did it! They did it!
– It was real! Did the doctor–
(blows into hand) Well, all I know is that Native Americans
at the time were using tobacco smoke to – cure a lot of different things.
– Mhm. They even tried to use this to resuscitate
dead people. Which I can see that working,
but this really feels like they were – trolling the settlers.
– Yeah. (laughs) You know what I’m saying?
“Let’s tell them to blow smoke up thier – butts.”
– (crew and Link laugh) “Oh, look at him! He’s doin’ it! Oh gosh!”
Well, congratulations, Link. My tincture hopefully did
something for you. – Oh, yeah. You gotta taste that.
– You didn’t have to take too much of it. I’ll try it in Good Mythical More.
Thanks for playing, and thanks for liking, commenting,
and subscribing. – You know what time it is.
– I’m Kami. – I’m Julia.
– (both) And we’re at school, and it’s time to spin the
Wheel of Mythicality! We’ve got some remarkable remedies
of our own. Well, they don’t really cure anything,
but they moisturize your beard and moisturize your lips.
Available only at RhettAndLink.com/store. (Link) Peculiarly perfect peanut butter
peppermint lip balm. RhettAndLink.com/store.
Is that what you say? – Yep.
– Click through to Good Mythical More. We got a round two of these weird
medical procedures that people actually – believed would work.
– World’s worst garbage man. – Got my garbage here.
– (makes beeping sounds) – Putting it in the thing.
– Alright, let’s go. – It’s over here.
– Nope.Gonna need you as well. – I take bodies.
– You take– – I take bodies.
– Well, I’m a live body. I was in the CIA.
You’re dead now. [Captioned By Hayleigh:
GMM Captioning Team]

100 thoughts on “Unbelievable Medical Procedures (GAME)

  1. When they mentioned not being able to talk with a triangular wedge in your tongue i was like YES YOU CAN!!!! I was born with a snake like tongue and I still have a small split in my tongue.

  2. "Ok you have to put this end in your mouth and this end goes in your butt. Oh wait a minute got it backwards this end goes in your mouth this end goes up your butt."

  3. The last one reminded me of when I was in France I saw a bunch of moms there with their toddlers and infants and you know how babies get runny noses well the moms would take a bendy straw and put it up the baby’s nose and suck the snot up the straw but right before it get gets to their mouth they’ll blow the snot out of the straw I’m very sorry for making the rest of your day/night terrible

  4. Its a condition tho. She has a split tongue and she has been born for about a month or more c: she was born Super Tiny c:

  5. Let’s face it. 99.999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% of us are here because of the thumbnail.

  6. the last one made me think of QI, Rhett & Link would have been great guests on it in Stephen Fry days..

  7. I got all of these right
    Why?
    My english teacher made us study this.
    That's right, english. Not even my history teacher. Jeez Mrs. Cheesecake (not her real name*)

  8. They do the fart jars on the side hustle. You could say, they do it for sh*ts and giggles.

  9. I want to see a full season, of gmm of course, mythical more, 10 feet tall, mythical crew, and pretty much everything done related to gmm that was made in that season.

  10. The tongue split in the thumbnail isn't to help anyone. It isn't a remedy it's a body modification. Same as piercings, tattoos, implants, and even getting your belly button removed.

  11. Out of all human beings who have ever existed over half of them have died from malaria. Anywhere in the world where mosquitoes who carry malaria live is technically one of the most dangerous places on earth because malaria has killed so many of the human population throughout history.

  12. If you enjoyed this episode try listening to the podcast Sawbones. It is a marital tour through the history of misguided medicing found on MaxFun.

  13. Girl- Do you think I’m pretty?
    Boy- NO
    Girl- Do you want to be with me forever?
    Boy- NO
    Girl- Do you even like me?
    Boy- NO
    Girl- Would you cry if I walked away?
    Boy- NO
    she heard enough and walked away
    he grabbed her arm
    Boy- Your not pretty…. your beautiful
    I don’t want to be with you forever……. I need to be with you forever
    I don’t like you….. I love you
    I wouldn’t cry if you walked away… I would die if you walked away
    Boy- Please stay with me
    Girl- I will

    tonight at midnight your true love will realize he loves you
    something good will happen to you @ 1-4 p.m.
    tomorrow it could be anywhere!!!!!
    get ready for the shock of your life!
    If you don’t post this on 5 other comments.. you will have bad luck in love for the next 10 year

  14. fun fact: scientists found cocaine in a mummy, and everyone freaked out bc cocaine was only found in the americas until transatlantic trade began, centuries after the mummy died. they thought this showed a link between ancient egyptians and early american civilizations like the incas and aztecs- until they did some more research, and found the mummy had most likely been used by europeans in mummy parties, during which it was not unheard of for participants to snort cocaine off of a mummy.

  15. In case anyone was wondering what the heck Link was singing at 7:49, there used to be commercials for a sleep aid called Nytol. The jingle in the ad was the same tune Link sang, subbing the word "Nytol" for "Midol". The jingle was also repeated 5 or 6 times in one 30 second commercial so the song would get stuck in your head. Those commercials are probably 30 years old or more, so I have a feeling that joke went right over a lot of people's heads.

  16. They actually used their own pee for shampoo and it does have beneficial effects, beside you smelling like pee

  17. "I thought they cut the thing underneath the tongue." You are correct Link, I had it done! My tongue was attached at the very tip instead of further back so I had a minor speech impediment. Got it clipped and it fixed itself.

  18. People get their whole tongue split now to cure stuttering, a lot of people it actually worked for. Maybe they just weren’t cutting far enough back in the old days 🤔

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