Kremlin’s bizarre bloody bathing

Joy Ride
4 min readApr 3, 2022

Balneum animale in red deer’s blood

Photo by shahin khalaji on Unsplash

The last time the medical community considered the benefits of bathing in animal blood was in 1848. Gray’s Supplement to the Pharmacopoeia mentioned a bizarre procedure “to transfer vitality from a killed animal to a human” by wrapping parts of the animal around the human. The young Kaiser Wilhelm II had left-arm palsied from birth and was given this treatment.

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