The Grim Historian
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The Grim Historian

Feeling Ill? Ask Dr. Hank

Henry VIII prided himself on his pharmaceutical knowledge. Here are a few cures he would have recommended.

Henry VIII, Hans Holbein the Younger, 1537 | Public Domain — Enema added by author

In Tudor times, doctors believed the body was composed of four fluids called humours. The four humours were blood (Sanguine), phlegm (Phlegmatic), yellow bile (Choleric), and black bile (Melancholic).



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Carlyn Beccia

Author & illustrator. My latest books — 10 AT 10, MONSTROUS: THE LORE, GORE, & SCIENCE, and THEY LOST THEIR HEADS. Contact: