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Moles’ feet, dried frogs and other folk medicines

Folk medicine remained popular in early 20th-century Britain, even as the professional medical establishment grew. Passionate folklorist Edward Lovett (1852–1933) made it his mission to discover the nation’s beliefs and superstitions, collecting amulets from cottage cupboards up and down the country.

Words by Kate Wilkinson

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Kate Wilkinson

Kate is a Digital Editor for Wellcome Collection. When not submerged in a book, she can be found walking or practising Spanish. Sometimes both at once.