December 7th, 2005

Fertility in Antiquity

There seem to be a wealth of herbal/natural options to hinder conception - but are there fertility enhancing herbs? Looking for Eurasian antiquity (so no Gala please - South American), 15th c. or earlier. I've tried via excerpts of Trotula, Galen and Dioscorides, but I'm coming up empty. Thanks in advance.

end of a hardcover book?

You know the New American Collegiate Dictionary (I think that's what it's called)? The one with the chart of Indo-European languages inside the back cover?

What would you call that part of the book?

It's not an endpaper, since it's glued to the hard cover, but I can't for the life of me think of the word. Any assistance greatly appreciated.

ETA @ 6.36 EST: Apparently it is an endpaper after all. Thank you for all your help!

Drowning smokers

Alas, my google-fu is weak today.

I am writing a character who is a smoker, but who had a near-drowning incident. For various reasons, he was unable to go to the hospital and get checked out (and is still unable to) but he nearly drowned before in the past and pretty much knows what his risks are and how down for the count he's going to be for a while.

But, my question comes from the fact that he's a smoker. He knows since his lungs are weak and working at a lower capacity due to near-drowning that he probably shouldn't smoke for a while. But how long? A few days? A week?

Thanks for any help!
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