For anyone interested in old books and medicine, the Wellcome Library in London has (excitingly) digitized a huge chunk of their extensive library of antique domestic “recipe” books and manuscripts. Spanning three hundred years (their collection begins in the 1500s), the 270+ books are an amazing window into old medicine and household lore. Above are images from two randomly selected manuscripts, both from the mid-1600s. Look closely, and you might get some pointers on how to prevent bed wetting, or help should you suffer from a “pinne or a webbe in the eye.”
To jump straight to a list of all the available manuscripts, go here.
Kiki, a Welsh corgi pup in Los Angeles, is reportedly suffering from a mid-life crisis. Last weekend, according to sources, Kiki purchased a full-length lobster costume and refuses to take it off. ”All she does is lounge around the house asking for a side of butter sauce,” said one witness.