Monthly Archives: February 2013

Ninzin root – or an eighteenth-century placebo

In the seventeenth century, Europeans were very interested in the new plant species discovered in faraway regions. In the Netherlands in particular, the spice trade with the East Indies flourished: nutmeg, ginger, pepper and cloves were staples.  However, there were … Continue reading

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Harelip, devil’s bite?

In many eighteenth-century collections of human anatomy, one or more preparations of animals with cleft palate, a congenital defect still commonly known as harelip, can be found. A quick exploration of the history of cleft palate tells us more about … Continue reading

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