Strange cures

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Author: Leonard L. LaPointe
Date: Dec. 2007
From: Journal of Medical Speech - Language Pathology(Vol. 15, Issue 4)
Publisher: Delmar Learning
Document Type: Editorial
Length: 901 words

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Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing. Voltaire Have you ever wondered how to cure a hair ball? Well apparently it's petroleum jelly. To prevent troublesome hair balls in your cat, apply a dollop of petroleum jelly to your cat's nose. The cat will lick off the jelly, lubricating any hair in its stomach so it can pass easily through the digestive system. --

Recently while knocking around the Internet looking for some material on ancient approaches for treating stroke and aphasia, I happened on another of those fascinating and glue-like sites designed to make one fritter away 2 or 3 hours of time that could be more profitably spent on unraveling the secrets of time travel. That's where I stumbled onto the hair ball cure. I also discovered that dreaded toenail fungus can be cured by soaking your toes in mouthwash. Apparently, the powerful antiseptic leaves your toes looking healthy again and you certainly cannot deny the pleasure of getting a gentle waft of mint when you remove your socks. All of this directed me to a more authoritative source of information on ancient and contemporary cures titled, Weird cures: The most hilarious, disgusting, and downright dangerous medical treatments ever!, a quirky little paperback...

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LaPointe, Leonard L. "Strange cures." Journal of Medical Speech - Language Pathology, vol. 15, no. 4, 2007, p. vii+. Accessed 26 Sept. 2020.

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