American comedian Bill Cosby, now more famous for his cases of sexual assault, used to sedate his victims using a drug called quaalude. Quaalude is a brand name for Methaqualone, a hypnotic sedative first synthesised in India in 1951 by Indra Kishore Kacker and Syed Husain Zaheer, who were conducting research on finding new antimalarial medications. It became popular as a recreational drug in the late 60s and 70s, known variously as "ludes", "sopers" ("soaps") "mandrakes", "mandies", "disco biscuits", etc. It is now banned.
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The first cases of HIV infection in India occurred among prostitutes in Madras (Chennai) in 1986.
Ayurvedic diagnosis includes an examination of the body's nine doors (नवद्वार): two each of eyes, ears, and nostrils, along with the mouth, genitalia, and the anus.
Bangalore's NIMHANS has a Brain Museum (officially the Neuropathology Museum) which boasts a collection of 300 brains.