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Amber in medicine

Hippocrates (460-377 BC), father of medicine, in his works described medical properties and methods of application of amber. Scientists relied on this knowledge up to the Middle Ages. In ancient Rome amber was used as a remedy from various diseases. The famous physician of the time Calistratus wrote that amber protects from madness, powder of amber mixed with honey cures throat, ear and eye diseases and taken with water cures stomach illnesses. Pliny the Younger (Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus) wrote that amber medallions worn by Roman peasant women were not only adornments but also means against hyperthyroidism, sore throat and palate. ... More

 
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