Analysis: Ancient pills were used to soothe sore eyes

01/7/2013 | New Scientist

Ancient tablets found in a shipwreck off the Italian coast may have been used to treat sore eyes, scientists say. The medicine was mostly zinc-based, similar to modern day's use of zinc for eye and skin treatments, and may be the world's oldest medical treatment to be analyzed. The Relitto del Pozzino, the cargo ship that wrecked around 140 B.C., featured a bevy of medical supplies, though the well-preserved medicine was a rare find, said one expert.

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