Conventional wisdom has it that if you wake up in the morning and nothing hurts, you’re dead. Even more conventional wisdom has it, however, that if you wake up in the morning and nothing hurts, it’s only a matter of time before something will start hurting. Humanity is a bottomless well of woes and aches, and the more science extends our lifespans, the more pain we have to wade through on our relentless trod to the cemetery. And because we are not just frail but also unwise, impatient, optimistic and hopelessly gullible, we are always on the look-out for some magic pill or potion that will make all that pain go away at once.
Here are some of the more famous cure-alls that promised so much and delivered so little.
1. Trick or Treacle
Panaceas that did not pan out (Part one) - Road Tickle