Dragon's Blood and Willow Bark
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Medicine was a mixed bag in the Middle Ages. Expert surgeons were able to perform life-saving operations, sometimes with anaesthetic, and understood how to use antiseptic. On the other hand, some medics believed that unicorns and dragons could supply helpful ingredients, and many treatments were bizarre, ineffective or downright dangerous. The book's very readable text is complemented by colour reproductions of pages from manuscripts, anatomical illustrations - and a 16th-century guide to the different shades of urine.