“Soothing” Syrups for Children In this century, parents could purchase “soothing” syrups that contained morphine, cannabis and various forms of opium, for anything from teething in babies to rambunctious young children. While certainly “calming” and quieting many children, it unfortunately killed many until physicians understood all of their negative side effects and the government began regulating these kinds of substances.

These are just a few of the many, many treatments that were once prescribed by doctors that ultimately harmed those who underwent them.

Even with the discovery of the harm that dangerous medical misconceptions and misunderstandings of how the human body works can cause, overall advances in all kinds of medicine have been great in the past several thousand years.