Blackbeard the Pirate has become the inspiration for many fictional works, but the remains of his ship reveal some interesting day-to-day medical practices. Read more about this fearsome pirate and his even more frightening medical techniques.

BLACKBEARD WAS A NOTORIOUS ENGLISH PIRATE. Blackbeard's ships attacked a French slave ship called La Concorde, which he renamed Queen Anne's Revenge u

BLACKBEARD CARED ABOUT HIS CREW'S HEALTH. EDWARD TEACH.(BLACK BEARO). Wallint the Plank When Blackbeard took over Queen Anne's Revenge, he forced the

WHEN THE WRECK OF QUEEN ANNE'S REVENGEWAS EXCAVATED, ARCHEOLOGISTS RECOVERED MANY INTERESTING MEDICAL ARTIFACTS. CRACKED.COM

THEY FOUND A SYRINGE USED TO INSERT MERCURY INTO THE URETHRA. A common treatment for syphilis, mercury alleviated some of the symptoms at the risk of

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THEY ALSO DISCOVERED RECTAL PUMPS. They would have been used to insert liquid quickly into the rectum, but archaeologists are unsure as to its use. Pl

OF COURSE, THERE WERE ALSO TOOLS FOR BLOODLETTING. Not enough pain around, unleash the blood! CRACKED.COM

ARCHAEOLOGISTS ALSO FOUND WEAPONS OF TERROR. The pirates would fire canons with canvas bags full of glass, spikes, and nails. Its purpose was to maim
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