Artefacts: plasters & poultices

One hundred years ago preparations to soothe and medicate the skin were regularly prescribed and compounded, including ointments, creams, plasters and poultices Preparing a plaster involved spreading a pliable base (resin, wool fat or beeswax) into which the active ingredients were incorporated were incorporated, onto a soft material such as sheepskin, chamois leather or calico,

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