t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Tue Jun 24 22:10:53 PDT 2008
> However there apparently was no reference in the
> original source to rickets. The two ailments it
> specifically mentioned were ulcers and "wild fire"
> (which I take to mean a fever of some sort, though it
> could also be a rash). So this isn't a matter of an
> medical treatment being arrived at empirically and
> then being explained. The concept of using May Butter
> to stave off rickets was added by either Wilson or
> Drummond, with no evidence given that it was practiced
> in the middle ages at all.
> - Doc
Wild fire is erysipelas AKA Saint Anthony's Fire.
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