How to Cure Ear Problems, 1590

engraving of hairy ear with parts labeled Athanasius Kircher, Musurgia universalis (1650)

Earth Wormes fried with Goose greace, then straind, and a little thereof dropt warme into the deaffe or pained eare, doth helpe the same: you must use it halfe a dosen times at the least. This is true.

Thomas Lupton, A Thousand Notable Things

This remedy doth helpe the patient to realize that whatever his original problem was, it wasn’t as bad as having hot greasy worms dripped into his ear.