The curious cures of Old England; eccentric treatments, outlandish remedies and fearsome surgeries for ailments from the plague to the pox
Publication year: 2018
Media class: Paperback
Resource type: Physical
Did you know that a child can be cured of the whooping cough by passing it under the belly of a donkey? The history of medicine in Britain is filled with the most bizarre and gruesome cures for many common ailments. Although enthusiastically supported by doctors of the time, many of these cures were often useless and often resulted in the death of the patient. But strange and alarming though many of the cures may seem, some of them did in fact work and provide the basis of much of the medicine we take for granted nowadays. The use of herbs by medieval monks was remarkably effective - and still is today. This highly entertaining and informative book will fascinate anyone who has ever wondered whether doctors really know what they are talking about - just don't try any of the cures mentioned at home!
Additional information: 272 pages, 20 cm
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