I'm trying to remember that title of a 1960's short story about a soldier in medieval times who is treated on the field of battle by a physician using a salve made in part from honey. The soldier heals and discovers that no matter how badly he is wounded he always heals. Hundreds of years later the soldier is still searching to complete the physician's original mixture. He fears being drowned.

  • Sounds like a rejected draft to Highlander 2 :) Commented Sep 2, 2012 at 23:28
  • @DVK, no, because MacLeod doesn't fear drowning. :)
    – cjm
    Commented Sep 3, 2012 at 7:20
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    @cjm - you should re-watch the Sean Connery training montage in the boat from HL1 Commented Sep 3, 2012 at 17:14

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This is “Whatever Happened To Corporal Cuckoo?” by Gerald Kersh. It's been anthologised often and you should be able to find a copy easily.

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