A team of doctors from the Detroit Medical Center situated in Michigan conducted a research aiming to help a girl diagnosed with a rare hereditary disorder characterized with long spans of bleeding. The doctors discovered that strips of cured pork used as a nasal tampon would result in effectively stopping nasal hemorrhage.
Although the medical technique sounds rather bizarre and innovative, it actually used to be practiced regularly in the past. A medical paper published by the Washington University School of Medicine in the 1940s described the treatment as being very popular in most hospitals as even some children themselves would request for salt pork to be inserted in their noses when they experience a nosebleed. In the 1950s the method was already described as ‘old-fashioned’ by doctors, yet many admitted it was indeed effective. However, recent studies suggest that its usage is more appropriate when treating serious conditions such as Glanzmann Thrombasthenia rather than simple nosebleeds.