CHAP. 71.—REMEDIES FOR BURNS. THE METHOD OF TESTING
BULL-GLUE; SEVEN REMEDIES DERIVED FROM IT.
For the treatment of burns, bears' grease is used, with lily
roots; dried wild boars' dung also, or swine's dung; the ashes
of burnt bristles, extracted from plasterers' brushes, beaten up
with grease; the pastern-bone of an ox, reduced to ashes, and
mixed with wax and bull's marrow or deer's marrow; or the
dung of a hare. The dung, too, of a she-goat, they say, will
effect a cure without leaving any scars.
The best glue is that prepared from the ears and genitals of
the bull, and there is no better cure in existence for burns.
There is nothing, however, that is more extensively adulterated;
which is done by boiling up all kinds of old skins, and shoes
even, for the purpose. The Rhodian glue is the purest of all,
and it is this that painters and physicians mostly use. The
whiter it is, the more highly glue is esteemed: that, on the
other hand, which is black and brittle like wood, is looked upon
is good for nothing.