UK exhibit features folk remedies

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - An exhibit at the University of Kentucky's special collections library showcases medical remedies from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader (, the folk remedies featured in the "Notions and Potions" exhibit were taken from the working papers of area residents and farmers.

The remedies include groundhog grease for burns, and a bitter apple for arthritis-like pain.

The exhibit also has some strange theories.

Megan Mummey is one of the archivists who helped put together the exhibition.

She says her favorite part of the exhibit is the Kentucky man convinced that flannel was the cause of consumption, or tuberculosis.

Other ideas about the causes of consumption included poor diet, vigorous exercise, hereditary predisposition, the blowing of trumpets and tightly laced corsets.

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