Friday, February 6, 2015

Medical Advice from 1697

If you apply a living duck, the feathers being pulled off behind, to the Stomach, it will ease the Pain of the Cholick.

--John Pechey, A Plain Introduction to the Art of Physick (from Ask the Past)


ArEn said...

!! Look at the expression on that duck's face!!

I'd love to know the rationale.

John said...

It's warning you not to pluck off its tail fathers and hold its naked backside to your stomach.