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Extract from a lecture “Life and Tradition in the Lake District”.

Folk Medicine.

On the subject of teeth:

“You know when a child is teething, it sort of cries and it’s obviously in some sort of distress, to improve the teeth of a child, rub the gums with the brains of a hen or let a horse breathe into the child’s mouth twice a day, which may prevent convulsive fits – it’s more likely to give the child convulsive fits. That was certainly used in the eighteenth century in the lakes”.