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Hooked on Tonics

Snake Oils, Hangover Cures, and Other Questionable Medicine THE DOCTOR IS IN (THE BARN) Folk medicine in Ireland used to rely heavily on the belief that you could magically transfer an illness from a person to an animal (usually a pig or a donkey). These “transference cures” were especially popular for treating mumps and whooping cough, and [...]

Lame Duck Teaches Disabled Boy to Walk

Becci Lomax of Plymouth, England encountered a baby duckling that was going to be put down because of a lame leg. She took the duck in and nursed it back to health. As Lomax gave the duck, now named Ming-Ming, a dose of physical therapy every day, her 4-year-old son Finlay, who was born with [...]