By Peter V. Taberner
The making plans and writing of this booklet has taken fairly longer than I had initially meant; what started as a modest literary undertaking for 2 second-year clinical scholars has increased over 8 years to develop into a whole e-book. the subject material lent itself all too simply to a sen sationalist technique but, however, a strictly medical technique may most likely have ended in a lifeless dry textual content of little curiosity to the overall reader. i've got consequently tried to bridge the distance and make the ebook intelligible and interesting to the non-special ist, yet while making sure that it truly is factually right and correctly researched for the scientist or clinician. i've got continuously been inspired through Sir J .G. Frazer's creation to his vintage ebook The Golden Bough during which he apologizes for the truth that an editorial initially meant purely to provide an explanation for the foundations of succession to the priesthood of Diana at Aricia had multiplied, over a interval of thirty years, to 12 volumes. the current paintings can't faux to such heady degrees of educational excellence.
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The 'blood of the mystic eye' mentioned in Egyptian magic texts is thought to refer to dragon's blood. To the Greeks it was cinnabaris (possibly because of its similarity in colour to the red sulphide of mercury, cinnabar, which was well known at the time and may even have been used as a cheap substitute for the real thing). Pliny, at his most credulous, states that it is the blood of a dragon or serpent which has been crushed to death by the weight of a dying elephant falling upon it. However, he adds, in all honesty, that it only resembles such blood, being in fact a gum.
And as a cure for the common cold, which they also brought; but mutual flagellation for sexual purposes is certainly an alternative possibility that should not be overlooked. The fine hairs on the nettle leaves contain a high concentration of acetylcholine as well as histamine, and both these substances contribute to the burning and itching rash which the leaves produce. This rather potent rubefacient action could serve a useful purpose in sexual stimulation. A sufficiently masochistic experimenter might find in nettles a practical means of encouraging an otherwise unresponsive male member into action.
Wild parsnip: 'Orpheus states that it is an aphrodisiac, the wild variety being more potent than the cultivated and especially when it has been growing on strong soil. ' With such an obviously efficaceous vegetable growing wild, one is tempted to wonder what medical science has been missing for the last 2000 years. Fortunately for us, Pliny lived in an age unfettered by scientific rationalism, educated scepticism, or a code of advertising practice. Very few of his recommendations are likely to have any specific action, and many have been derived wholesale from earlier Greek writers.
Aphrodisiacs: The Science and the Myth by Peter V. Taberner