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THE REMEDY

THERE WAS THIS MISSIONARY DOCTOR WORKING WITH A BUNCH OF
SAVAGES IN AFRICA. THE NATIVES WERE VERY SUPERSTITIOUS AND
BELIEVED IN VOODOO MEDICINE. BECAUSE OF THIS, WHENEVER THE
DOCTOR GAVE OUT MEDICINE HE HAD TO MAKE THE NATIVES THINK IT WAS
VOODOO. ONE DAY, A MAN CAME IN WITH A RARE MALADY AND THE
DOCTOR PRESCRIBED A DRUG. BUT, IN ORDER TO GET THE MAN TO TAKE
ITHE COATED A THONG WITH IT. THE MAN WAS TOLD TO TAKE ONE BITE
OF THE THONG PER DAY. TWO WEEKS LATER, THE MAN CAME BACK TO THE
DOCTOR AND SAID "THE THONG IS ENDED, BUT THE MALADY LINGERS ON."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale

Date learned: 03-00-1967

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