Isis Unveiled: chapter III (The mirror of the soul)

“Even the great Magendie, the wise physiologist, was not above discovering that which had already been discovered and found good by the oldest physicians.

He proposed a remedy against consumption, namely, the use of prussic acid, may be found in the works of Linnaeus, Amenitates Academicae, vol. iv., in which he shows distilled laurel water to have been used with great profit in pulmonary consumption. Pliny also assures us that the extract of almonds and cherry-pits had cured the most obstinate coughs.

As the author of Demonologia well remarks, it may be asserted with perfect safety that “all the various secret preparations of opium which have been lauded as the discovery of modern times, may be recognized in the works of ancient authors”, who see themselves so discredited in our days.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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