Mole's foot amulet, Norfolk, England, 1890–1910

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Mole's foot amulet, Norfolk, England, 1890–1910. The growing influence of biomedicine in the 1800s did not necessarily replace established forms of treatment based on belief and superstition. What could be referred to as folk medicine – customs that often went back generations – continued to be practised. For example, carrying a mole’s forefoot in a pocket as an amulet to prevent cramp is a medical tradition specific to the East Anglian region of England. The feet were either hacked off a mole or bought from a shop. Mole foot. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: wuass8ed.

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