The Past is Always a Step Ahead

Bezoars from the Kunstkammer at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

© Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum
–“a ball of swallowed foreign material (usually hair or fiber) that collects in the stomach and fails to pass through the intestines.” (U.S. Nat’l Library of Medicine)

–“any of various calculi found chiefly in the gastrointestinal organs and formerly believed to possess magical properties” (Merriam Webster Dictionary)

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