British Wildlife 08.2 December 1996

Through a naturalist’s eyes

"Lucy Pinney, writing the weekly Diary for The Sunday Times Magazine a few weeks ago, mentioned a German medicine called Lymphomyostot which contained 'aranea diadema'. Using spiders in medicine is nothing new. Robert Burton, the 17th-century academic and author of the encyclopedic Anatomy of Melancholy, describes the use of spiders against the ague."

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