John Taylor, the oculist who blinded Bach and Händel

If I asked you what Bach and Händel had in common, there would be more than one answer. They were both famous composers, born in the same year and originally from what is now Germany. However, there is another thing that links them: they both died practically blind because of eye operations performed on them…Continue readingJohn Taylor, the oculist who blinded Bach and Händel

Mellification, the process of dissolving a human body in honey to create a healing confection

Traditional medicine in Asia and the Middle East is truffled in miracle remedies based on products that, in reality, lack the slightest healing property. Cases such as the false aphrodisiac faculty of the rhinoceros horn or the use of tiger bones, in both cases endangering the respective species, are well known, but surely the most…Continue readingMellification, the process of dissolving a human body in honey to create a healing confection