Saturday, June 15, 2013

How to Cure Laryngitis, 1579


"Laye a thynne peece of rawe Beefe, to the forehead of them that have lost theyr voyce, and let it lye thereto all nyght unremoved: and it wyll helpe them presently, or at the least within three or fowre severall applications."
Thomas Lupton, A Thousand Notable Things (1579)

After three or four applications the patient will not only be speaking, but also screaming at you to stop plastering him with raw beef. 


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  2. Doesn't laryngitis tend to go away in three or fowre nyghts all by itself anyway? This seems like a manufacture of the beef industry.

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