We have gone too long without mentioning Bald's Leechbook. I heard a fascinating story about the Leechbook. A podcast called RadioLab(which deals with science and its relationship to people and society) November 2 podcast, had a tale about antibiotics. The upshot is the authors used one of the recipes from Bald's Leechbook and produced an amazingly powerful antibacterial product that was likely very effective. As a physician I do not make that statement lightly. It only goes to prove that our forefathers may not have been as ignorant as we want to believe. The authors also spend a little time in discussing trying to get into the mind of the anglo saxon author. I am not ready to use any horse dung yet, but you all might want to listen to this.