January 13, 2013 21:32
In ancient Rome, irritation of the eyes treated with the same tools that today. This is indicated by the scientists who have studied Relitto del Pozzino — ship crashed off the coast of Italy around 140 BC, says New Scientist.
According to Eric Ribechini the University of Pisa, in 1989, the ship found with ancient medicines. But only recently have researchers took their analysis. The funds are in the form disks inch thick and 4 inches in diameter. Rather, they had to be soaked in water and apply to the eyes.
As part of experts identified mainly zinc carbonate — gidrotsinkit and smithsonite. And they can be found in many modern drugs to treat diseases of the skin and eyes. Also in the discs are animal and vegetable oils. This is evidenced by the presence of particles of pollen from the olive tree.
There is reason to believe that Pliny the Elder mentions zinc-based compounds as therapeutic agents in his "Natural History". Drives found in a small drawer, tightly sealed. This allowed the drug to avoid oxygen corrosion.