Friday, February 19, 2010

The Lost Art of Bloodstopping

faith-healing bloodstopping
Back in the days before modern medicine, in the parts of North America where the work was rough and a doctor might be a day’s ride away — the Ozarks, the mining towns of Appalachia, and among the lumberjacks of the great North woods — there existed a trade, a kind of faith-healing, really — called bloodstopping. Legends and folktales of bloodstoppers and their inexplicable medical miracles have been passed down through the generations, though I had never heard of it recently.


Via Mental_Floss

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