Did people really use mercury as medicine in the past?



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    Yes. (Ha ha.) It is still commonly used today in different medicines in China and Tibet, and it wasn’t that long ago that a mercury compound was a preservative agent in many vaccines.

    It has also been used as a diuretic, a laxative and a mild antiseptic. Finally, “mercuric chloride was once used to treat syphilis, although it is so toxic that sometimes the symptoms of its toxicity were confused with those of the syphilis it was believed to treat.”

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    From the 1400s up until the mid-1900s mercury was actually used as a medicine to treat syphilis. Since then it has been proven to be extremely toxic, while its effectiveness as a medicine has remained unproven, so alternative treatments replaced the use of mercury.

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