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Friday, November 26, 2010

Ailments Cured by Tobacco

Nicholas Monardes (1493-1588) was a a Spanish physician and botanist who wrote an influential book on the wonders of the "New World." His work was then translated into Latin, then into English by John Frampton. The English translation is known as Joyfull Newes Out of the Newe Founde Worlde. Here are some of the ailments that Monardes believed tobacco could cure.

1. Cancer

2. Shortness of breath

3. Chest Colds

4. "The grief of women" (labor pains)
5. Kidney stones

6. Scurvy

7. Stomachaches

8. Constipation

9. Toothaches

10. Arthritis
11. Absceses

12. Worms

13. Boils

14. Venomous bites

15. Cuts and wounds

16. Headaches

17. Cold sores

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