Marginalia, no.308

Drinking blood, “the noblest of the humors,” was considered an especially potent remedy with many uses, among them dissolving blood clots, protecting a patient from painful spleen or coughing, preventing seizures…or even curing flatulence.

~ Joel F. Harrington, The Faithful Executioner

A bad case of gas will drive a man to desperate measures. He may haunt dim corners, embrace voluntary social isolation, and even (yes) quaff pints of human blood in hope of a cure. We begin, perhaps, to guess Count Dracula’s true motivation.

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