Spanish fly

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green beetle of southern Europe

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Propter, a mouthpiece for Huxleyan spiritual philosophy, offers a similar view of literature and art: "Art can be a lot of things; but in actual practice, most of it is merely the mental equivalent of alcohol and cantharides" (123-24).
Among his surviving holograph manuscripts is an essay on the relative efficacy of different aphrodisiacs: viper wine is "powerfull," cantharides (better known today as Spanish fly) "mighteleye provokes, butt is dangerous," and foods such as lamb's testicles, sparrow's brains, "All younge meates," chestnuts, and melons are effective provokers of lust.(77) And then there are the scores of amorous songs, painstakingly written out in the trembling hand of an elderly roue, which seem to suggest that Cavendish was, right up until his death at the age of eighty-three, hotly in pursuit of a third wife.(78) In the light of such evidence, we should, I think, be willing to countenance the possibility that Bolsover was, in a very practical sense, a house designed for sensual indulgence.
His legs were also blistered with plasters of cantharides and mustard to draw the humours out through his feet; his forehead was bled with lee ches; he was purged with strong emetics; and his room was kept so cold none of his staff would stay with him.
The usual blister plaster was a dressing applied over a powder made up of crushed Spanish flies (cantharides), an irritant which causes a blister to rise on the underlying skin.
Hollenkemp, an 1852 case, the court let stand a punitive damages award against a local drug store where the store's agent had accidentally mixed cantharides in the plaintiff's medicine, making him ill.