The 1800s also provided us with many elaborate medicines made of the unlikeliest of ingredients. How did they ever find out that pieces of chalk and hog’s lard would alleviate pain from burns?
Another unlikely remedy that has been proven to have some scientific merit in today’s medically-advanced word is colloidal silver - and, in the 19th century, different applications of this metal would be used dependent on the severity of the burn. As with burns in the 21st century, the main concerns of medical professionals treating a burns patient is infection, and the colloidal silver includes antibacterial properties that reduce the chance of such complications arising. Despite antibiotics now being instated as a popular alternative, specialist burns wards will still utilise treatments that involve this type of silver at the core of its delivery.