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7Sir Kenelm Digby’s “Powder of Sympathy”

Nothing seems bizarre than this seventeenth century medicine for specific injury like rapier wound. A powder was made of pig’s brains, ground earthworms, iron oxide (rust), and bits of mummified corpses with ground and applied not only to the wound but also to the weapon that cause the wound. This powder is worked like a Sympathetic Magic, thanks to Sir Kenelm Digby.

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Sir Kenelm Digby’s Powder of Sympathy, Bizarre Medicine in the Middle Ages

8Heroine, Bizarre Medicine in the Middle Ages

Everyone aware of this most addicted substance in the world that is completely illegal today. But you shocked, in the late 1800s heroine was marketed as a remedy for ulcer, cough and body pain and even used in children’s cough suppressants as a “non-addictive” form of morphine.

In 1913, patients miserably addicted to this medicine, Bayer decided to stop making it.

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Heroine as Cough Medicine

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