Chapter Seven In Sickness and .....

The diseases of poverty, together with occupational diseases, infestations and fungal infections, poisoning, all were common. A cornucopia of horrors that have a certain ghoulish fascination. Lead poisoning and its treatment, using almost equally poisonous emetics and opiates. These combined with powerful laxatives, it’s a wonder anyone survived.

The use of herbs and plants to treat some of the conditions, and their re-evaluation now that antibiotic resistance makes treating such diseases as TB more difficult.