Quackery or cure?
Scotland has seen its fair share of fads aimed at fixing all that ails us. While some have stuck around, we can be glad that others have failed to last the distance
Made popular in the Victorian era by Lord Byron, one of the first celebrity dieters, this apparently helped cleanse the system of the poet who grew up in Aberdeen. Potatoes would also be consumed in an attempt to reduce the impact of side effects from drinking the highly acidic brew. Despite this, Byron still suffered from vomiting and occasional diarrhoea.
Not the type used to recover from severe illness, a place described as a sanitarium in 1900 was a sort of spa, although methods of treatment were rather different compared to the present day. Although bathing remains popular, mild electric shocks as a form of healing have, unsurprisingly, died out. A place for people to relieve their sick spirit, it failed to really catch on and all but disappeared in the 1930s.