Theriac : A Panacea for all Periods
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"With advances in medical science and with the development ofso many new medicines over the centuries, it is astonishing to find one medicine that was taken for more than two thousand years-from the third century B.C.E. to at least the early twentieth century. This medicine is theriac. The name is derived from the Greek word therion, meaning "a wild beast." Originally, theriac was the name given to an antidote used to counteract the bites of venomous creatures. In time, theriac acquired many ingredients and became a cure for everything -- the ultimate panacea."--First paragraph.
Originally published in: Muse, 1995-1996, volume 29-30, pages 12-29
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