Chlorine for Typhoid
It seems like a silly question to ask. Who in their right mind would use disinfectants for medications, right? Well, in the early 1900s, they did just that. Disinfectants like chlorine, carbolic, sulfur, lime, and charcoal were all used to treat certain conditions. Chlorine was first used to treat a water main during a typhoid epidemic. They put it into the water, thinking it could kill the disease. Plus, they added lime to water with the idea of treating illnesses. Lime is nontoxic, but it seems crazy to use it for that specific purpose. As far as sulfur goes, it was used in the rooms of the sick and infected to help cleanse the area of sickness.