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Old 06-26-2017, 06:28 PM
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When I think of it, Ambroise Pare, a 16th century surgeon who came up with several significant improvements in his field, and is particularly well known wrt the treatment of battle wounds (sewing up blood vessels, discarding cauterization) used turpentine on said wounds. Which means again that its antiseptic properties were known at the time (even if they obviously didn't know that it was an antiseptic).

I suspect that physicians and doctors of past ages knew more than they're generally credited for.

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