QUST � IBN L � Q � 'S PHYSICAL LIGATURES AND THE RECOGNITION OF THE PLACEBO EFFECT With an Edition and Translation JUDITH WILCOX and JOHN M. RIDDLE On first reading one might be inclined, as we were, to relegate this ninth-century treatise on magic to what Augustine Birrell called "that great dust-heap called history" as an example of best forgotten lore. After all, any advice about contraception is almost amusing that calls for elephant dung to be mixed with horse's milk, tied in stag-skin and suspended over the woman's navel. Or, to prevent conception for a year, a woman should spit into a frog's open mouth. Or, to increase sexual desire, one should tie a wild goat's eye with sweet marjoram roots moistened with a red bull's urine released in the evening. Early the next day one places the eye so prepared on the shoulder, and he or she will have increased libido. Such worn or carried remedies were "ligatures and suspensions, in which objects are hung from the neck or bound to some part of the body in order to ward off danger from without or cure internal disease."' 1 The author is the renowned Qusta
Medieval Encounters – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1995
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