Folk medicine

The Irish Times - - Comment & Letters -

Sir, – Frank Mc­Nally is a bit sniffy about folk cures but they work for al­ler­gic snuf­fles too so he can heal him­self by auto-sug­ges­tion (An Ir­ish­man’s Di­ary, Jan­uary 11th).

Cures are less bloody than curet­tage for warts.

It is at­tested in the sci­en­tific lit­er­a­ture that a cen­tury ago in Switzer­land warts were made not just to dis­ap­pear but could be cre­ated by hyp­notic sug­ges­tion.

Far be it from any­one in Done­gal to sug­gest that folk cures work best in re­mote alpine val­leys and on Ca­van clay. – Yours, etc,

Dr JOHN DO­HERTY, Gaoth Dob­hair,

Co Dhún na nGall.

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