Monthly Archives: September 2013

The enormous turnip

A few weeks ago, I presented to you some ancient recipes for cracked heels and chilblains. One of them caught my attention. It was recorded in the medical compilation of Paul of Aegina (seventh century CE), whose aim was to … Continue reading

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The wind of change

My last post, on bean poisoning, received some very good responses on Twitter. In particular @HistorianJen pointed out to me that, in the early modern period, beans were used as aphrodisiacs because of their similarity with the sexual organs. This … Continue reading

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