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28th Dec '16 10:53:06 PM RealityCheck
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* In ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'', herbal remedies make frequent appearances. For fear of falling into a primitive human healer's less than ept hands [[http://www.rhjunior.com/tales-of-the-questor-0369/ He stockpiles several for his expedition,]] including willow bark, bread mould pills, bismuth, "stomach soda" and alcohol for cleansing wounds.

**In a later page, he is lectured (correctly) that coriander is a useful spice for purging metal poisons from the body. According to the notes of Ennias Longscript, a human explorer, this was apparently discovered as a consequence of the downfall of Silver Springs, a racconan community that succumbed to toxic levels of bauxite (aluminium ore) in their drinking water and topsoil. The racconan healers developed a treatment regimen that saved the victims, consisting largely of foods that aided the body in purging itself of excess metals such as citrus, legumes, eggs, butter, garlic, onions... in particular a heavily seasoned "bean porridge" that Ennias reveals [[http://www.rhjunior.com/the-journal-of-ennias-longscript-0088/ is something of an acquired taste, to say the least.]]
**It is also revealed in Ennias' notes that they bathe and handwash frequently. Unsurprising for a race based off raccoons, but they also use ceremonial hand-washing basins and mix the water with "perfumes and distilled essence of spirits" (alcohol) to "kill humours of illness."
* They also [[http://www.rhjunior.com/the-journal-of-ennias-longscript-0042/ grow hemp]] as a major agricultural crop for its many uses, including medicinal.
9th Aug '16 9:30:02 PM PaulA
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* Bread mold is among the assorted herbs kept in [[{{Literature/Dragaera}} Vlad Taltos's]] witchcraft supply pouch, presumably for use on wounds. In ''Athyra'', some of the treatments mentioned by Master Wag are also this trope.

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* Bread In the Literature/{{Dragaera}} novels, bread mold is among the assorted herbs kept in [[{{Literature/Dragaera}} Vlad Taltos's]] Taltos's witchcraft supply pouch, presumably for use on wounds. In ''Athyra'', ''Literature/{{Athyra}}'', some of the treatments mentioned by Master Wag are also this trope.
25th Jul '16 2:22:18 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''The Hallowed Hunt'' (part of the Literature/{{Chalion}} series), Ingrey was given a pain-reliving medication made from poppies (among other things).
* Bread mold is among the assorted herbs kept in [[{{Dragaera}} Vlad Taltos's]] witchcraft supply pouch, presumably for use on wounds. In ''Athyra'', some of the treatments mentioned by Master Wag are also this trope.

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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''The Hallowed Hunt'' (part of the Literature/{{Chalion}} series), ''Literature/TheHallowedHunt'', Ingrey was given a pain-reliving medication made from poppies (among other things).
* Bread mold is among the assorted herbs kept in [[{{Dragaera}} [[{{Literature/Dragaera}} Vlad Taltos's]] witchcraft supply pouch, presumably for use on wounds. In ''Athyra'', some of the treatments mentioned by Master Wag are also this trope.
19th Jul '16 6:14:35 PM rmctagg09
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Can be an example of ViewersAreGeniuses, for the more obscure remedies. Subversion of ArtisticLicensePharmacology. Does not apply to fictional medications or recreational stimulants, as use of such drugs does not demonstrate legitimate medical know-how. Use of an unspecified or fictitious cure-all herb falls under HealingHerb. Not to be confused with TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed.

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Can be an example of ViewersAreGeniuses, for the more obscure remedies. Subversion of ArtisticLicensePharmacology. Does not apply to fictional medications or recreational stimulants, as use of such drugs does not demonstrate legitimate medical know-how. Use of an unspecified or fictitious cure-all herb falls under HealingHerb. Not to be confused with TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed.
19th Jul '16 6:13:49 PM rmctagg09
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Can be an example of ViewersAreGeniuses, for the more obscure remedies. Subversion of ArtisticLicensePharmacology. Does not apply to fictional medications or recreational stimulants, as use of such drugs does not demonstrate legitimate medical know-how. Use of an unspecified or fictitious cure-all herb falls under HealingHerb.

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Can be an example of ViewersAreGeniuses, for the more obscure remedies. Subversion of ArtisticLicensePharmacology. Does not apply to fictional medications or recreational stimulants, as use of such drugs does not demonstrate legitimate medical know-how. Use of an unspecified or fictitious cure-all herb falls under HealingHerb. Not to be confused with TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed.
9th Jun '16 11:59:58 PM gewunomox
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* In the first volume of Creator/OsamuTezuka's ''{{Phoenix}}'', [[PunnyName Em Dee]], a healer from the comparatively advanced kingdom of Yamatai demonstrates his value to the chief of Nagi's village by curing Nagi's sister of tetanus, which he accomplishes by feeding her mold. He also has a rudimentary knowledge of germ theory, as he is able to determine that the infection, which he calls a "death spirit", entered the body through a cut on her foot.

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* In the first volume of Creator/OsamuTezuka's ''{{Phoenix}}'', ''Manga/{{Phoenix}}'', [[PunnyName Em Dee]], a healer from the comparatively advanced kingdom of Yamatai demonstrates his value to the chief of Nagi's village by curing Nagi's sister of tetanus, which he accomplishes by feeding her mold. He also has a rudimentary knowledge of germ theory, as he is able to determine that the infection, which he calls a "death spirit", entered the body through a cut on her foot.
4th Jun '16 1:09:34 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''EarthsChildren'' series it's mentioned that practically everybody knows about willow bark tea, even non-healers.[[note]]The [[DidDoTheResearch range of herbal knowledge]] by some characters averts this trope.[[/note]]

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* In the ''EarthsChildren'' ''Literature/EarthsChildren'' series it's mentioned that practically everybody knows about willow bark tea, even non-healers.[[note]]The [[DidDoTheResearch range of herbal knowledge]] by some characters averts this trope.[[/note]]



* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', maesters (essentially doctors, though they have other duties) commonly prescribe "milk of the poppy" (that is, opium) to anyone suffering from a particularly painful injury. [[note]]Given that it's described as a liquid it might also be [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laudanum laudanum]], which is opium dissolved in alcohol.[[/note]] They're also known to dispense tansy tea as an abortifacient upon request. {{Zigzagged}} as many of them are also big believers in leeching (though leeches ''have'' been found to be helpful by draining excess blood from reattached body parts whose veins aren't fully healed yet).
* In LoisMcMasterBujold's ''The Hallowed Hunt'' (part of the Literature/{{Chalion}} series), Ingrey was given a pain-reliving medication made from poppies (among other things).

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* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', maesters (essentially doctors, though they have other duties) commonly prescribe "milk of the poppy" (that is, opium) to anyone suffering from a particularly painful injury. [[note]]Given that it's described as a liquid it might also be [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laudanum laudanum]], which is opium dissolved in alcohol.[[/note]] They're also known to dispense tansy tea as an abortifacient upon request. {{Zigzagged}} as many of them are also big believers in leeching (though leeches ''have'' been found to be helpful by draining excess blood from reattached body parts whose veins aren't fully healed yet).
* In LoisMcMasterBujold's Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''The Hallowed Hunt'' (part of the Literature/{{Chalion}} series), Ingrey was given a pain-reliving medication made from poppies (among other things).



* ''TheKingKillerChronicle'' has relatively well-researched medicine, in particular at the University, some of which, like the metallurgy and other science-y bits, might even be over the head of a general reader. That being said, the main character spends a lot of time chewing willow bark, due to getting his butt kicked a lot and never having enough money for more pure medicine.

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* ''TheKingKillerChronicle'' ''Literature/TheKingKillerChronicle'' has relatively well-researched medicine, in particular at the University, some of which, like the metallurgy and other science-y bits, might even be over the head of a general reader. That being said, the main character spends a lot of time chewing willow bark, due to getting his butt kicked a lot and never having enough money for more pure medicine.
5th Nov '15 2:16:44 PM randomsurfer
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* In the ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' episode [[Recap/SlidersS01E03Fever "Fever"]] they land on a world where an epidemic is going on, with that world's Quinn being Patient Zero. The sliders learn that that world had never discovered penicillin, so Arturo goes rooting around a garbage can for some moldy bread, which disgusts Rembrandt. "If you're hungry I'll get you something to eat!"
3rd Oct '15 6:13:08 PM Antigone3
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** ''Literature/TheLastHeraldMage includes a reference to vaccination (specifically, the use of needles dipped in cowpox sores to prevent what is probably smallpox).

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** ''Literature/TheLastHeraldMage The ''Literature/LastHeraldMageTrilogy'' includes a reference to vaccination (specifically, the use of needles dipped in cowpox sores to prevent what is probably smallpox).
3rd Oct '15 6:11:58 PM Antigone3
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* Willow bark tea shows up in the first ''[[HeraldsOfValdemar Arrows]]'' novel. There's also a reference in the ''Collegium Chronicles'' to Bear's attempts to preserve bread mold for wound treatment, instead of shipping moldy bread out from Healer's Collegium and hoping the wrong type of mold doesn't develop. He also prescribes and administers leeches properly.

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* Willow bark tea shows up in the first ''[[HeraldsOfValdemar ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Arrows]]'' novel. There's also a reference in the ''Collegium Chronicles'' to Bear's attempts to preserve bread mold for wound treatment, instead of shipping moldy bread out from Healer's Collegium and hoping the wrong type of mold doesn't develop. He also prescribes and administers leeches properly.


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** ''Literature/TheLastHeraldMage includes a reference to vaccination (specifically, the use of needles dipped in cowpox sores to prevent what is probably smallpox).
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