Anaesthetics and disinfectants are thought to be a modern medical invention but evidence is coming to light that medieval doctors knew of them too.
Dressings have also been found, some still with salves or human tissues attached and the scientists have discovered a mixture of Quicklime (calcium oxide) which scientists believe was used as a disinfectant and a deodorant.
Dr Brian Moffat archeo-ethno-pharmocologist and director of investigations for the Soutra Project, studies clumps of seeds from the site.
comments powered by Disqus
Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs - 8/13/2005
At the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum we have a page written in Dutch ca. 1600, that contains a recipe for a salve for wounds. The active ingredient is horseshit ("paardedreck"). From my wife I've heard that in the 1920's her grandmother was advised by her doctor that her foot needed to be amputated, but that her father-in-law, a Wisconsin farmer, advised her to try his remedy for a couple of weeks first. He dressed the foot in a bag of horseshit. After two weeks her foot was healed and no amputation was needed. I suppose that horseshit, being processed grain (generally equivalent to bread in that both are processed grain), must have developed penicillin, which I've heard can arise in bread mold. The page from ca. 1600 is further filled with random jottings and a cartoon-like sketch of a gentleman - so it's not a page from a medical manual. Probably the recipe was fairly commonly known.
- Russian History Receives a Makeover That Starts With Ivan the Terrible
- Parsing Ronald Reagan’s Words for Early Signs of Alzheimer’s
- Here's a look at history of 'religious freedom' laws
- ‘Hamilton’ Puts Politics Onstage and Politicians in Attendance
- Earth Tectonic Plate Simulation Reveals Our Planet Has Changed A Lot In 200 Million Years
- Historians make it easy for visitors to DC to understand the history of the Mall
- History's Grandin Wins Bancroft Prize for "The Empire of Necessity"
- Nobel prize-winning scientist writes a history of science
- Ken Burns tackles history of cancer
- If historians have their way, Americans will soon learn how important religion has been in US history