Sunday, April 26, 2015

Treating Snakebite in 1303

First, bind the extremity with strong and tight bindings. Second, get an old rooster and pluck its bottom and hold it with its bottom on the bite, and if the rooster dies it is a good sign, because it is a sign that the venom has been drawn out of the body, so apply many roosters until you see that the rooster does not die from the venom.

--Bernard de Gordon, Lilium medicinae (from Ask the Past)

1 comment:

G. Verloren said...

I love how it starts with good, solid advice, and then immediately goes completely insane.