Ozark Encyclopedia – F – Fish

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Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Minnow in whiskey for alcoholism – “Another way of curing drunkards is to put a live minnow in whiskey and let it die there. The poor chap who drinks this contaminated whiskey doesn’t notice anything wrong with the taste, but it is supposed to destroy his appetite for liquor.” ~Randolph OMF 151

Minnow swallowed for whooping cough – “A great many Ozarkers believe that a live minnow swallowed by a baby will prevent it from ever having the whooping cough. Miss Jewell Perriman, Jenkins, Missouri, tells me that this is not a superstition but a well-known fact, and she has seen it demonstrated several times. Other hillfolk think that it isn’t necessary for the child to swallow the minnow; they just put it inside the infant’s mouth and pull it out again by a string attached for that purpose. Once, in Washington county, Arkansas, I saw a power doctor put…

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