Bald’s Eyesalve Tested Previously by Wheaton Team, Didn’t Get Redaction Right

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.

Here’s Drout’s comment on his blog, Wormtalk and Slugspeak.

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.

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  1. Do any of the recipes have a “this is what it should look like” result?

    I know that doing recipes from my grandma can be an issue because there’s no written down “and this is what it looks like”– because she knew what dough that “looked like” was like.

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