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The correct answer is "Give the patient a treacle"

Most medieval medicines were "simples" made of herbal ingredients which were taken raw or in teas. One medicine that apothecaries (forerunners of chemists and pharmacists) dispensed wast called "treacle" (theriac), considered a cure-all. It was said to prevent internal swellings, cure fevers, unblock internal stoppages, alleviate heart problems, blemishes, epilepsy, palsy, induce sleep, improve digestion, strengthen limbs, heal wounds, remedy snake bites, cure a prolapsed uterus, and cure the plague.

The formula for treacle stems from a recipe developed by the Greek physician Galen. It includes over sixty ingredients including the roasted skin of vipers, took 40 days to make and 12 years to mature. Alchemists attempted to reduce the four elements to one, called the "quintessence.".

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