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I think I'd like to avoid that fellow. [Dec. 28th, 2005|12:09 pm]
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Dr. John Cohausen wrote a book in 1742 “proving” that one could live to be 115 years old by inhaling the breath of little girls. In his book, Hermippus Redivivus, Dr. Cohausen gave the following prescription: Take 1 pound of gum olibani, 2 ounces of styrae, myrrh, and several other herbs, mix, burn and inhale while at the same time imbibing the exhalations of the nearest little girl.
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[User Picture]From: bfes86
2005-12-28 09:55 pm (UTC)
I wonder what age this guy died at? :P
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-12-28 10:16 pm (UTC)
Me too!
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[User Picture]From: mr_reed
2005-12-28 10:24 pm (UTC)
And how:
[8], 168 pp. (8vo) 8x5, period paneled calf, rebacked with later calf, red morocco spine label, marbled endpapers. First Edition in English.

Perhaps the most famous work by Cohausen, a physician and "medical jester" to the bishop of Muenster. In it, he advocates lying with and inhaling the breath of young women, more specifically virgins, to rejuvenate oneself and fend against the aging process. Widely popular in its day. With the armonrial bookplate of Lord Wenman. 17-line ink inscription on front flyleaf declares this "doubtless the first edition" [in English]. Ink name of Mary Drake, dated 1880, to following leaf. Formerly in the Fuller Collection at the Spokane Public Library, with blindstamp to foot of a2, a few small rubberstamps. [source]
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-12-29 12:02 pm (UTC)
You freakin' rock! :)
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[User Picture]From: catdecember
2005-12-29 12:34 am (UTC)
wtf????? *eek*
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-12-29 12:09 pm (UTC)
Eek indeed, my dear!
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From: m_buggie
2005-12-29 12:36 am (UTC)
Yeesh. That's a bit disturbing, to say the least. Doctors were less scientists and more crackpots in those days...of course, one could make that arguement for today, as well.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-12-29 12:11 pm (UTC)
This eeez true.
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[User Picture]From: nonamenogain
2005-12-30 01:40 am (UTC)
You just reminded me of a star trek line, something like, "And they would have cut him open! Barbarians," when they go back in time and save their shipmate their way. I think medicine has come a long way, has further to go of course, but what really needs to be fixed is our way of living.
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[User Picture]From: xenaamazon
2005-12-29 08:19 am (UTC)

Hey!!

I would love to live that long. lol.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-12-29 12:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Hey!!

Not me!
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[User Picture]From: xenaamazon
2005-12-30 07:25 am (UTC)

Re: Hey!!

Why not? lol.
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