David’s tongue-in-cheek take on staying fit and well and avoiding disease 350 years ago will convince you that, even in these troubled times, we all have a lot to be thankful for.
In the 1600s the odds were stacked against most people when it came to surviving a pandemic. There was no ‘science’, ‘flattening the curve’ or lowering the ‘R number’. It was a case of ‘que sera sera’ and getting on with life . . . getting on with the mundane, irritating ailments of the day such as water infections, bladder-stones, itching haemorrhoids and acute constipation. So, brace yourself – clench your buttocks – and see how a 17th century doctor coped !