Medicine: Wolf Broth for Arthritis

An ancient Greek doctor named Paul of Aegina treated patients for arthritis by stewing them in wolf broth. He made the broth by boiling whole wolves in oil. Today the standard treatment for arthritis still includes heat. Instead of hot wolf oil, doctors use electric pads and artificial fever machines. About the cause & cure of most arthritis they know little more than did Paul of Aegina.

Last week, in the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Robert Spaulding Hormell of Boston City Hospital told about this and other old treatments for arthritis. It made interesting if not very encouraging reading for...

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