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Lithofellic acid bezoar, from a goat.

Lithofellic acid bezoar, from a goat.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm


Bezoars are small stones which form in the stomachs or intestines of certain animals, often goats, which were once thought to be antidotal. The name comes from an Arabic word meaning 'against all poison'. This example, shown in its original box, was used as a remedy against many diseases.

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