The Usages of Human Blood in Late Medieval Alchemical Treatises

Berenice Cavarra

Abstract


The "Epistula de sanguine humano" attributed to Arnald da Villa Nova envisages the use of distilled human blood for therapeutic purposes. Similar practice, with some substantial variants, can be also found in the traditional usages of ancient magic and popular medicine.

Key words: Alchemical texts - Human blood - Greek and Roman medicine - Magical and popular remedies.


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