The Lion (Panthera leo)
Uses of the lion, according to Albertus Magnus (13th century encyclopedia author):
- Eat the flesh to cure paralysis.
- Rub its fat on your body to outrun any animal.
- Wrap your clothing in lion pelts to protect from moths.
- Give a child a lion’s-tooth necklace before they lose their first teeth, to prevent toothache when the second set emerges.
- Cure cancer with its blood.
- Consume its gall to cure jaundice. [This may have actually worked.]
- Eat its brain to cure madness.
Click through to read more, from Popular Science Monthly, Vol. 87, edited by J. McKeen Cattell and published in 1915.
Image: Brehms Tierleben. Frederich Wilhelm Kuhners, 1927.