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Three Spoonfuls of Hemlock

Gavin Francis: Medieval Medicine

19 November 2015
Dragon’s Blood and Willow Bark: The Mysteries of Medieval Medicine 
by Toni Mount.
Amberley, 288 pp., £20, April 2015, 978 1 4456 4383 0
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... psychotherapy,’ Freud said, ‘even when you have no intention of doing so and are not aware of it.’ All of which is a preamble to saying that many of the medieval treatments recounted by ToniMount in her book Dragon’s Blood and Willow Bark are laughable, or downright dangerous, but that at a time when all physicians had going for them was faith and a few herbs, such treatments could still be ...

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