Docs warn over Roald Dahl’s fictional medicine: Nannas beware

UK paediatricians say the concoction in Dahl’s book, George’s Marvellous Medicine, is lethal and shouldn’t be used on real grannies

Nannas around the world are in grave peril, if kids try to copy the concoction a Roald Dahl character whipped up for his grandma in the novel George’s Marvellous Medicine, researchers say.

George administers his marvellous medicine.

In Dahl’s popular 1981 book, young George’s grandma grows to the size of a house after taking the lad’s homemade ‘medicine’ prepared from 34 household items.

Aware that lockdowns may see “budding pharmacists” try to recreate the medicine, two paediatricians from the Royal Derby Hospital in the UK crosschecked each of

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