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  • Rhet Wilkinson
    How interesting. I had never heard of that. Rhet Wilkinson ... From: jonefa To: genpcncfir@yahoogroups.com Sent: Monday, May 01, 2006 11:40 PM Subject:
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      How interesting. I had never heard of that. Rhet Wilkinson
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      From: jonefa
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      Subject: [genpcncfir] Mad Stone


      Has anyone heard about the "mad stones" that were collected from the insides of a deer and used for rabies and snake bites?

      I had never heard of them, but was reading one of the books on the ECU library site about Edgecombe County and read about it there first. I then googled mad stone and came up with other accounts of its being used.

      As many as three could be found inside a deer at one time, and they were used by placing the stone on top of the snake bite. If venom was still in the bite, the stone would cling to the bite. The stone would then be taken off, boiled in milk or water. The milk would turn green as the venom was removed from the stone. The stone could be placed on the bite as many times as needed. When the stone would no longer stick and fall off, you stopped.

      You couldn't sell the stones and you couldn't charge for its use, but people known to possess one of the mad stones were sought out in times of need.

      The use of the mad stones stopped when more modern medicine came about for the treatment of rabies and snake bites.

      Faye Hays













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    • afirstof7@aol.com
      Thanks Fay... I learn something new every day. Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. [Non-text portions of this
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        Thanks Fay... I learn something new every day.



        Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of
        battle.


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