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Three times over and three times under

Posted in History, Medicine on Thursday, 16 August 2007

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John Constable (illustration, art, picture: Angus McBride)

In 1827 the painter, John Constable, was concerned about the health of his young son who was suffering from whooping cough. One quack recommended as a cure that the child be “passed three times over and three times under a donkey.”

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