Science: The Greek Pill

Greek soldiers of the pre-Christian era had their own type of concentrated K-rations, even as the G.I.s of World War II.

Philo of Byzantium, one of the leading Greek war correspondents, was particularly interested in the problem of food. In one of his reports, discussed by Dr. Pan S. Codellas of the University of California Medical School in the Bulletin of the History, of Medicine, Philo describes the preparation of the Greek Ks: "Take squill [a bulb root, shaped like an onion], which, after having been boiled down, is ... cut into the thinnest possible pieces. Afterwards it is mixed with one-fifth...

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