Advice from 1489: To Stay Youthful, Drink the Blood of the Young

Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499) was an Italian philosopher. Toward the end of his life, he published a work entitled Three Books on Life, much of which focused on staying healthy. 

Do you want to fight aging? Forget about plastic surgery. Follow the example of animals and drink the blood of young people:

There is a common and ancient opinion that certain prophetic women who are popularly called ‘screech-owls’ suck the blood of infants as a means, insofar as they can, of growing young again. Why shouldn’t our old people... likewise suck the blood of a youth? — a youth, I say who is willing, healthy, happy and temperate, whose blood is of the best but perhaps too abundant. They will suck, therefore, like leeches, an ounce or two from a scarcely-opened vein of the left arm; they will immediately take an equal amount of sugar and wine; they will do this when hungry and thirsty and when the moon is waxing. If they have difficulty digesting raw blood, let it first be cooked together with sugar; or let it be mixed with sugar and moderately distilled over hot water and then drunk.

You won't have to tell me twice! Line them up, bartender.

-via VA Viper

(Image: Domineco Ghirlandaio)


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A recent NYC Radiolab episode from July 31, 2013 called "Blood" goes into this. Maybe not drinking it, but it's been proven that young people's blood does reverse aging...
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