Medieval Superbug Killer

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Woodcut showing a physician at the patient's bedside, taking his pulse and examining urine. [M. Silvaticus, Opus pandectarum medicine, Pavia, B. de Garaldis, 1521, title page verso.  Image via Wikimedia Commons.]
Woodcut showing a physician at the patient's bedside, taking his pulse and examining urine. [M. Silvaticus, Opus pandectarum medicine, Pavia, B. de Garaldis, 1521, title page verso. Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

In the Middle Ages, germs were deadly. An infected finger could mean losing your hand. Strep throat could kill you. The life-saving discovery of penicillin was a millennium away.

But scientists believe a medieval healer brewed a remedy that kills more germs than modern antibiotics. It’s even strong enough to...

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