The Dark Ages
Ambroise Pare (1510-1590)One day whilst treating casualties after the battle of Susa Pass, Pare ran out of Elder oil. He decided to just to dress the wounds, but he first applied an ointment made up of turpentine, egg yolk and rose oil. Arising the next morning, he expected the patients that he dressed with the ointment either suffering from great pain, or dead.
He was astonished to find that these patients had a quiet night, in stark comparison to those who had their wounds treated in the conventional way with boiling elder oil; they had their usual agonising night. Pare was heard to remark, “Je le pansay; Dieu le guarit”, which when translated into English means, I dressed and God healed. After that particular experience Pare vowed never again to use boiling oil. Saying,