New Scientist reports that Michael Drout over at Wheaton College was part of a team that previously tried making Bald’s eyesalve. Their version of the recipe just turned into slime, whereas the Nottingham version sterilized the natural soil bacteria brought along by the leeks and garlic.
Medieval recipe redaction is an art rather than a science. I can’t even imagine the difficulties of pharmaceutical redaction and designing a proper study.
So there’s nothing like an honorable first try (and a journal article) to inspire a better second try.
Also: mushrooms that kill MRSA.