Eel skin used against cramp and rheumatism, 1880-1940.

Eel skin used against cramp and rheumatism, 1880-1940.
3 6 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 28cm

Description

Placing an eel skin directly against the body was a traditional remedy against cramps and rheumatism in several different cultures. A small strip such as this would have been tied tightly above the affected joint or, if necessary, wrapped around a painful finger. This example is from England.

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10416250

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