Posted on 08/21/2022 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
More dubious medical advice is headed to the internet.
Cambridge University is digitizing thousands of medieval medical recipes, a collection to be known as Curious Cures in Cambridge Libraries.
The Guardian reports that the two-year project will conserve and share over 180 manuscripts, some of which are in very dire need of preservation before they can be digitized.
A number of the prescriptions involve animal parts, so proceed to the Guardian article on Curious Cures in Cambridge Libraries with caution.
The ailments in question range from ones all too common today — like fertility struggles — to ones a little more telling of the violence of medieval life — like how to determine whether a weapon has fractured the skull.
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