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Old remedies can sometimes be surprisingly effective. A one thousand year old Anglo-Saxon remedy for eye infections which originates from a manuscript in the British Library has been found to kill the modern-day superbug MRSA in an unusual research collaboration at The University of Nottingham described in this video clip.

If you wish to find out more about health and medicine in the Anglo-Saxon period, the following links may also be useful:

Anglo-Saxon Medicine (British Library)
Magic in Anglo-Saxon England (Wikipedia)
Pregnancy and Childbirth: The Anglo-Saxon Survival Guide