Natural History, Lore and Legend

Natural History, Lore and Legend

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...declares thus much will I say as to the commendation of the hare, and of the defense of hunters toyle, that no beast, be it never so great, is profitable to so many and so diverse uses in Physicke as the hare, and he then proceeds to give numerous prescriptions in which it is the principal feature. The knee-bone of an Hare taken out alive and worne abute the necke is excellent against Convulsion fitts, we are told, and perhaps it may be so, but the point that more especially strikes us, and it impresses one over and over again in these mediaeval recipes, is the cold-blooded cruelty and indifference to animal suffering that is shown in so many of them. Fried mice were considered a specific in small-pox, but it was necessary that they should be fried alive; while for cataract a fox should be captured, his tongue cut out, and the animal released; the member thus barbarously procured was placed in a bag of red cloth and hung round the 1nan s neck. For erysipelas In another popular remedy for fitts" one has to take the furr of a living Bear's belly, boil it in Aqua Vitae, take it out, squeeze it, and wrap it upon ye soales of ye Feete. a favourite old remedy was to cut oif one-half of the ear of a cat and let the blood drop on the part affected, while for fits one popular recipe was to take a mole alive, cut the tip of his nose off, and let nine drops of the blood fall on to a lump of sugar: the swallowing of this was held to be a certain cure. It would be easy to multiply these illustrations of atrocious cruelty by the score, since one comes across such barbarities in abundance. Edward Topsell, in his Historie of Fourefooted Beastes, published in the year 1607, more

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  • English
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