madrobins (madrobins) wrote,

So Glad I Live Now

Yesterday, in order to be on hand for some household stuff, I took the day off. Which meant I went up to the UCSF Medical Library and did research on syphilis and treatments therefor in 1810.

Let me simply say this: eeeeeew. The disease itself is awful. The cures? What on earth are "sugars of lead?" Goes off and Googles: Like other lead(II) salts, lead(II) acetate has a sweet taste, which has led to its use as a sugar substitute throughout history.

Makes high-fructose corn syrup sound positively enchanting.
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