Treating Only Symptoms = Shorter Life Span
Back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, doctors relied on treating symptoms, not the cause of illnesses. Doctors did not widely understand medicine at the time, and each doctor had different training, so it was up to your individual doctor to decide how to treat your particular illness. If your symptoms included diarrhea or constipation, your doctor would treat the symptoms, such as an achy stomach. Medicine has come a long way since the early days. While only treating the symptoms, many patients would come down with other illnesses, only to die before they received proper treatment. This is why the average life expectancy was only 40 years of age. Many of the remedies for treating the ill back in the early 1900s are now illegal.