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Medicine in Ancient Rome
History of Medicine
"In Rome and need a doctor? My doctor's surgery is now open. Step inside and see how we did it in the good old days. Oh... did I not mention it's 45 B.C.? "
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
My first patient of the day has woken up with a common problem. I suggest rubbing his knees with early morning saliva will alleviate what annoying complaint?
Cat Scratch Fever
Crick in the neck
My next patient is a gladiator who was bitten by his opponent. Human bites are not to be taken lightly so I immediately prescribe the proper cure. What secretion does the gladiator apply to his bite wound?
Tears of a newborn baby
Morning dew from a red rose bud
A patient arrives in my surgery complaining of a headache. There are numerous cures you could use but I use the treatment I find most effective. It involves placing what part of an animal against the patient's head?
A patient has come in with a troublesome problem. He finds dogs always bark at him and this makes his job as a burglar very difficult. I have the perfect remedy for him. Which part of an African animal's anatomy do I instruct him to wear between his foot and his shoe?
Guinea pig's whisker
I look out the window and see an old patient of mine limping up the road to see me. I know what he wants so I've started making up a fresh batch of cow dung and vinegar. What could possibly be wrong with this patient?
I had a gladiator in my rooms yesterday. He came to see me about a skull fracture he suffered in the Colosseum. I used my tried and true method of fixing skull fractures and he'll heal faster than a charioteer on race day. What did I use for his fracture?
Brown paper and vinegar
Eye of newt and wing of bat
Eye of potato and wing of buffalo
Cobwebs, oil and vinegar
By Jove! I can smell the next patient's halitosis from my office. He must have run out of the breath freshener I made for him on his last visit. I'd better prepare some more. What would I use to make his breath sweeter?
A porcupine quill
A vulture's feather
Ashes of mouse dung and honey
Oh dear. I see my jar of scorpions is about to reach their "use by" date. Hmm. I'd better stoke up a fire, burn them to ashes and hope a patient comes in with which painful problem?
Here's an interesting potion I've concocted. It's made with mouse dung and fresh heads of flies. You rub the scalp with a fig leaf and then apply the dung and fly mix to the head for a certain condition. What condition is treated with this delightful mixture? Pssst.. Julius Caesar was a patient of mine with this condition but don't tell anybody!
Male pattern baldness
See that jar of dried camel's brains on the shelf? I might have treated a certain emperor who crossed the Rubicon with that. I instructed him to mix the dried camel's brain with some vinegar and drink it. This is a treatment for which neurological affliction that certain emperor might have suffered?
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Compiled Jun 28 12