The sweating disease that plagued tudor monarchs was called scrofula. The word derives from the Latin for ‘full of sores’, and is related to our modern-day term syphilis. It refers to a skin condition caused by an infection with a bacterium known as spirochaetes or treponema pallidum, which attacks the lymphatic system in the body.1
Scrofula can be treated with mercury, but this proved problematic because it had a detrimental effect on its users’ nervous systems and immune systems. In order for their victims to survive long enough from treatment, doctors must have been incredibly cruel – cutting off limbs and even major organs while patients were still alive!2 Although mercury treatments were later replaced by arsenic preparations during the nineteenth century (see here), they remained common throughout much of medieval history due to superstitions about its medicinal properties until the early twentieth century3 – when more potent antibiotics became available4 .5
What did people think would happen if someone ate too many hazelnuts?
They wouldn’t get sick … they would turn into a tree!6 This belief originated in Germany in 16th century folk medicine where it was believed that eating too many nuts could cause one to sprout extra limbs or leaves at random intervals after two years of doing so regularly7 . For example: A man who spent his life chewing every last nut out of every tree he came across