Death by Medicine.

Gerard Cheshire's picture

Dear Death Scholars,

The translation of a Medieval manuscript page has revealed the record of a rare Mediterranean medicinal plant, from Iberia. The plant is Atropa baetica, (Mediterranean Nighstshade) which is now endangered and included on the IUCN Red List, with fewer than 150 specimens remaining. You may freely download a paper giving the translation and additional information: 

It will be of interest to anyone studying the history of illness and death. This particular plant's toxins were used for cosmetic applications and as an abortifacient: to induce miscarriage as a form of contraception, which often killed the patient as well as the unborn foetus, but was considered worth the risk. 

Please disseminate the link as you like. 

Kindest regards,

Dr. Gerard Cheshire.

Research Associate.

University of Bristol.