In 1715 an English surgeon claimed that sugar alone could provide the basis for good nutrition, good disposition, and a cure for all wounds. (It's interesting to note that research has shown that applying sugar to some types of open wounds does promote healing.)
Whelan, E.M. & Stare, F.J. (1992) Panic in the Pantry. Prometheus Books, Amherst, NY.
[with thanks to Stephen Barrett, MD.]