It has been asserted, too, that if one can get some of the sperm of this whale and be perfectly sure that it came from this sort and no other, it will be found a most effective remedy for eye troubles, leprosy, ague, headache, and for every other ill that afflicts mankind. Sperm from other whales also makes good medicine, though not so good as this sort.

The King’s Mirror, c. 1240.

(More medicinal suggestions from Old Norse speakers can be found in The Sea, the summer issue of Lapham’s Quarterly!)

It has been asserted, too, that if one can get some of the sperm of this whale and be perfectly sure that it came from this sort and no other, it will be found a most effective remedy for eye troubles, leprosy, ague, headache, and for every other ill that afflicts mankind. Sperm from other whales also makes good medicine, though not so good as this sort.

The King’s Mirror, c. 1240.


(More medicinal suggestions from Old Norse speakers can be found in The Sea, the summer issue of Lapham’s Quarterly!)