When archaeological chemists analyzed medieval skeletons in northern Germany and southern Denmark a few years ago, they found something counterintuitive: the rich had inadvertently poisoned themselves for centuries. Then, as now, the wealthy enjoyed a significantly higher standard of medical care, but they also indulged in toxic luxuries. In particular, their ornamental glazed tableware and […]
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