Melanie King: Can Onions Cure Ear-ache?
Won’t Get Fooled Again
8 - 11pm
Jonathan Bate on First World War Literature
11.15am – 12.15pm
- 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM
- Mineral Hospital
- £8 (£7)
If someone was struck down by illness or injury in the late eighteenth century, the chances are that they would have referred to William Buchan’s Domestic Medicine – with the result that they might have found themselves drinking a broth made from sheep brain or administering drops of urine in their ears. The book’s author, a Scottish physician, published his self-help manual in 1769 specifically for the benefit of those without access to affordable medicine. Melanie King tells his story.