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Just came across this news story from March.

"Scientists recreated a 9th Century Anglo-Saxon remedy using onion, garlic and part of a cow's stomach.

They were "astonished" to find it almost completely wiped out methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as MRSA.

Their findings will be presented at a national microbiology conference."

Go, Bald!  Onion, garlic and cow's stomach, eh?  And early practitioner of the scientific method?  Well, I suppose modern science is woefully lacking in techniques to deal with all those problems caused by malevolent elves, for a start.

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timetiger
29th Nov, 2015 00:39 (UTC)
This is very pleasing to me, partly on general principles but also because in the fan fiction thing I've been working on since I was a much younger woman, there's a brief glimpse of an Anglo-Saxon anchoress. Must ponder whether I can work inthe word "leechbook."
bunn
29th Nov, 2015 10:03 (UTC)
It's great, isn't it?
hhimring
29th Nov, 2015 09:03 (UTC)
The Leechbook isn't all that strong on malevolent elves, I think, you'd want the Lacnunga for some really good advice on those.
bunn
29th Nov, 2015 09:45 (UTC)
Oh? I expect I'm muddling them up. Sorry, Bald!
hhimring
29th Nov, 2015 10:30 (UTC)
No, not necessarily. It's all relative. It's not that there are no elves in the Leechbook, it's just that Lacnunga has the reputation for being the more magical of the two collections.
anna_wing
1st Dec, 2015 07:00 (UTC)
Would you recommend the Pollington edition? Just for casual reading, I'm not planning to anything of a scholarly nature with it.
hhimring
1st Dec, 2015 07:14 (UTC)
I've only ever checked bits of translation in it rather than read it as a book, but yes, I think I'd recommend it.
anna_wing
1st Dec, 2015 07:49 (UTC)
Thank you!
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