The Curious Cures Of Old England
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The Curious Cures Of Old England : Eccentric treatments, outlandish remedies and fearsome surgeries for ailments from the plague to the pox

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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!
Or that weak eyes can be cured by the application of chicken dung - or alternatively be large draughts of beer taken in the morning?

Or that the juice extracted from a bucketful of snails covered in brown sugar and hung over a basin overnight was once used to cure a sore throat?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 138 x 200 x 16mm | 222g
  • Robinson
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472142454
  • 9781472142450
  • 127,466

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Did you know that a child can be cured of the whooping cough by passing it under the belly of a donkey? Or that weak eyes can be cured by the application of chicken dung - or alternatively by large draughts of beer taken in the morning?

The history of medicine in Britain is filled with the most bizarre and gruesome cures for many common ailments. Many of them - though enthusiastically supported by the doctors of the time - were often useless, and sometimes lethal! Of the hundreds of cures promoted for warding off the dreaded plague, none were effective.

Strange and alarming though many of the cures may seem, some of them did in face 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.

Nigel Cawthorne has once again trawled through the eccentric byways of our history to produce this highly entertaining and informative book. It will fascinate anyone who has ever wondered whether doctors really know what they are talking about . . .
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About Nigel Cawthorne

Nigel Cawthorne is the author of a number of successful true crime and popular history books. His writing has appeared in over 150 newspapers, magazines and partworks - from the Sun to the Financial Times, and from Flatbush Life to The New York Tribune. He lives in London.
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