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PostPosted: 07-03-2005 16:49    Post subject: Strange medicines Reply with quote

Like using dogs to cure spots:

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Old Pimple Remedy: Using Spot to Cure Spots

Thu Mar 3,10:46 AM ET


LONDON (Reuters) - Take two puppies, cut off their heads and collect the blood, reads the 17th century instructions -- not for some voodoo rite but to cure pimples among the middle class.

Weird health and beauty recipes have been around for a long time. Now two old manuscripts, found at a British stately home and coming up for auction, suggest some truly odd cures for everyday ailments.

The 300-year-old cookery, medical and household recipe books, lavishly illustrated and with elaborate script, give advice on almost everything, from treating burns to getting rid of freckles, said manuscript specialist Luke Batterham.

"These books are a very direct insight into what people were interested in in the late 17th century," Batterham told Reuters. "People seem to go a very long way for beauty, now and then."

One recipe advises to take "2 Puppies before they can see, chopp of their heads & hang them up by the heels to bleed," then mix with white wine to rid the patient of unsightly pimples.

Scalds and burns, another says, are best treated with a mixture of sheep's dung and fresh goose grease, while four-day-old lemon juice rubbed on the face is guaranteed to eradicate unwanted freckles.

The two books are expected to fetch a total or more than 2,000 pounds ($3,844) when they go for auction at Bonhams in London on March 15.


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PostPosted: 07-03-2005 17:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read an old recipe once for getting rid of unwanted facial hair, ( womens moustaches I think ) using cocks ( the bird! ) blood. ( amongst other things ) Didn't women in Greco-Roman times lighten their hair with urine?
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PostPosted: 10-03-2005 15:47    Post subject: Some really disgusting medicine... Reply with quote

Capsules containing tapeworm heads were used as diet pills for several hundred years (I have heard a theory that soprano Maria Callas died when she failed to have her dietary tapeworm poisoned). Aside from that one, which was used well into the last century, I think my favorite medical treatment was when mold was allowed to grow inside the skulls of executed criminals. It was then scraped out and made into a tincture of some sort. I forget where and when that was, but it certainly is disgusting.. perhaps it actually worked, like a rudimentary antibiotic. Oh yea: in 2004, maggots were approved by the FDA for the use of cleaning wounds. Sure, we've come a long way.....[/i]
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PostPosted: 10-03-2005 21:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rabbit milk, apparently it has all sorts of medical applications.
... but how do you milk a rabbit, anyway?
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PostPosted: 10-03-2005 21:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

dreeness wrote:

... but how do you milk a rabbit, anyway?
Confused


Use a very low stool and a small bucket...

I know an Ancient Egyptian cure for a headache that involves tieing a faience (type of ceramic) crocodile to your head with a piece of papyrus with a prayer to the gods. They also used crocodile droppings in some or their medicines. err

*I meant head, not heard, obviously, and tieing not typing Embarassed *


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PostPosted: 10-03-2005 23:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

Timble wrote:
I know an Ancient Egyptian cure for a headache that involves typing a faience (type of ceramic) crocodile to your heard with a piece of papyrus with a prayer to the gods.

Did they have typewriters in those days? Psychout
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PostPosted: 10-03-2005 23:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

rynner wrote:
Timble wrote:
I know an Ancient Egyptian cure for a headache that involves typing a faience (type of ceramic) crocodile to your heard with a piece of papyrus with a prayer to the gods.

Did they have typewriters in those days? Psychout


No, but then an ancient Egyptian scribe wouldn't have made a typo like that either Embarassed
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PostPosted: 11-03-2005 00:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't they use dung as a contraceptive, also?
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PostPosted: 11-03-2005 00:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surprised
sort of a pre-emptive contraceptive, I'm guessing.
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PostPosted: 11-03-2005 01:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crocodile dung pessaries, wasn't it? Dead / drunk
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PostPosted: 11-03-2005 01:47    Post subject: crocodile dung contraceptive Reply with quote

Yea, crocodile dung has the perfect pH to serve as a spermicide... yuck
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PostPosted: 11-03-2005 09:04    Post subject: Re: Some really disgusting medicine... Reply with quote

anthrochick wrote:
Capsules containing tapeworm heads were used as diet pills for several hundred years (I have heard a theory that soprano Maria Callas died when she failed to have her dietary tapeworm poisoned).

Actually, I believe that's incorrect. My understanding is that she picked up her tapeworm from eating Steak Tartare.
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PostPosted: 11-03-2005 11:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had never heard the tale of Callas and the tapeworm but snopes supports anome's view:

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/vanities/tapeworm.htm

Her famous and drastic weight-loss had taken place when she was approaching the height of her career, specifically during the 1953 - 54 season. Carlo Maria Giulini associated this loss of bulk with a refinement in her artistry. By the time of her death from heart failure, in September 1977, alone in her Paris flat, she had become virtually a recluse.

More cheerfully, the snopes page contains some equally mythical ways of disposing of a tapeworm:

" . . . versions of how to draw out a tapeworm include placing milk, cookies, and a hammer near the afflicted person's anus for a few nights and letting the tapeworm gorge himself into complacency on the treats. Once this has been accomplished, the cookie is withheld. When the worm comes all the way out to demand, "Where's my cookie?!?," whoever is stuck with worm-watching duty that night bashes it with the hammer."

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PostPosted: 11-03-2005 12:46    Post subject: Re: crocodile dung contraceptive Reply with quote

anthrochick wrote:
Yea, crocodile dung has the perfect pH to serve as a spermicide... yuck


Who in the name of the sweet and loving Christ found that out? I'm assuming the first time it was an accident, so what the hell were they up to?

Ancient Egyptian croco-coprophiliacs? wtf
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PostPosted: 11-03-2005 13:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently in the Middle Ages they used to use pebbles, to have the same effect as an IUD. I say apparently, but I don't know how it was ever found out that a foreign object ( well, SOME foreign objects anyway! ) ' up there ' hindered conception, and I don't really want to speculate. Confused
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