Maladies and Treatments on Unusual Historicals

Knowledge is power, as we all know. There something invigorating about standing in front of a room full of eager (haha!) young people, teaching; something powerfully moving about standing in a lecture hall facing hundreds of these eager young people and feeding them with knowledge. Yet, as I came to suspect early on in my studies as a folklore minor, there is another kind of power folklore professors delight in even more – and that is icking out their students (the larger the class, the better!). For years, a guest lecturer’s descriptions of how fish soup was made in ancient times (apparently it didn’t only involve fishheads, but also leaving the pot with the soup standing in the sun for several days …) were legendary among the students of the folklore department in Mainz. And – oh! – how my own professor relished telling us all about the different medical uses of (still living) earthworms in his lecture on folk medicine. Seven years ago, I myself got a taste of this very special power when I gave a paper on healing with urine in one of my folklore classes. *g*

Today I’m exercising this very special power again: on Unusual Historicals you’ll find a post about Healing with Urine by yours truly. Enjoy! (And I wish I could see your faces when you’re reading it! *ggg*)

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  1. The Tudor Rose

    My personal favourites are giving talks about the medical uses of trepanation from the Roman World to the present and how trepanations are performed.

    That and how natural philosophers of the early modern period used vivisection to explore anatomy.

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