The word silver is from the Anglo Saxon name, “seolfor”, and from the Latin name Argentum, we obtain the periodic table symbol for silver, Ag.
This precious metal was only discovered 2000 years after gold in 4000bc. Ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians used Silver before they knew what exactly it was; but what they were actually using was a metal alloy called Electrum, which is an alloy of Silver and Gold. They didn’t even have a name in their vocabulary for what they were using, and referred to it as “white metal”. Once the discovery has been made, it was deemed even more precious than Gold!
Silver does not react with air, even at red heat, and was thus considered by alchemists as a noble metal along with Gold. Comprehensive overview on Silver.
I am sure that the medicinal properties of silver, which have recently become very popular with colloidal silver and silver nanotechnology, and the history of their discovery would interest all our avid readers.
The ancient Greeks and Romans divided time into ages of man, with the first being the Golden Age. The second Age was Silver and was associated with Apollo, the god of truth & light and teacher of medicine; why do you think he carried a silver bow? I also find it quite interesting that his twin sister, Artemis, who lost her hand, was given a silver replacement. Although there is no way that we can substantiate any “scientific “knowledge that these ancients discovered, maybe they did know a lot more than we give them gratitude for?
During the 1800s, several physicians discovered the antibacterial properties of silver and started to use silver nitrate to treat skin ulcers, compound fractures and draining pussy wounds. Silver as an ion is very clean and no bacteria or fungus is able to grow on it, and a small amount is released when the metal comes into contact with liquids. In medicine, silver is incorporated into wound dressings and used as an antibiotic coating in medical devices. Prior to the use of antibiotics we were using silver foil as a dressing!
Recently scientists have developed the method of coating plastics and other material with a thin layer of silver, and dissolving fine silver into water in the form of ions which has become a very popular form of medication… now we all know what the hype is about and that there is a lot of truth in the healing properties of silver.
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