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“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… Epileptics, eager to drink the warm and fresh poor sinner’s blood, frequently lined up next to the scaffold following a beheading.”

~ Joel F. Harrington, The Faithful Executioner

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