Eat Sh*t and (Don’t) Die

Medical procedures in a 12th century manuscript. British Library MS Harley 1585  fol. 9 

Sometimes, when we get sick, it can feel like we’d do anything to get better. But what if the remedy we needed required us to swallow animal dung?

The use of animal dung in medicine is not new to us, nor would it have been to people in the medieval world. It also wasn’t exclusive to Europe, and (believe it or not) using dung to solve our problems still hasn’t completely gone out of fashion.

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