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["lingue di seripi", "serpents' tongues" and "glossopetrae". highlights from the history of popular "cult" medicine in early modern times].in the 16th, 17th and 18th century "glossopetrae", popularly known as "lingue di serpi", found on the mediterranean island of malta, were extensively used for medical purposes as antidotes. these fossil teeth, including specimens of the "carcharodon megalodon" (an extinct variant of the great white shark), were ground to powder or used as amulet pendants and "credence" and exported to pharmacies and shops in various cities of europe. in antiquity, authors like plinius or solinus, excluding any r ...19979333999
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