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Using a Bear to Treat Back Pain, 1946

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Using a Bear to Treat Back Pain, 1946

Forget everything you ever saw on “Grey’s Anatomy” or “House M.D!”

Science had to admit its defeat in the face of tradition. The old way of treating back pain also proved to be the most effective.

Of course, as it always happens when wild animals are involved, the method is not 100% safe. It doesn’t matter if your vertebras are restored to their correct position as long as the rest of your body becomes the battlefield of a proper bear maul.

The vintage photo was taken in Romania, a land still untouched by modern medicine in 1946. It shows a gypsy bear tamer and his sidekick touring the countryside with the only purpose of offering the poor villagers some level of relief.

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