This cure not covered by your HMO

Robert Fludd (1574-1637) was a physician and scholar of occult and hermetic leanings. The following interesting factoid was taken from the Dictionary of National Biography:

Among other contested remedies, Fludd had supported the use of the weapon-salve in his Anatomiae amphitheatrum; this was the Paracelsian doctrine that a wound could be cured by anointing the weapon which caused it with a mixture of the patient’s blood, moss grown on a human skull, and mummy (human flesh from the body of a hanged man). The cure is based on the theory that there is a magnetic or sympathetic relationship between the weapon and the wound which allows for action over distance to occur; the wound itself needs only to be disinfected with the patient’s own urine.


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