I love old books, and the best places to find them are at garage and estate sales; but just like going to an antique shop or book store you can either find all sorts of treasure – or junk. Recently I found a real gem, a copy of ‘The Every Day Cookbook’ by Miss E. Neil from 1892. It’s full of your usual cookbook recipes for various meals (including mock turtle soup) plus an old ad for Wrigley’s Soap in the cover.
In the back chapters of the book though, there are entire sections devoted to miscellaneous subjects. Such as why wearing a large bustle around an open flame is a bad idea. Others are home “remedies” for everything from heat sickness, heart attack, inflamed feet, and burns.
Then I came across this:
In case you find it hard to read, the text says:
TO RESTORE FROM STROKE OF LIGHTNING
Shower with cold water for two hours; if the patient does not show signs of life,
put salt in the water and continue to shower an hour longer.
One thought about this is that in order for it to be considered a “cure” someone would have had to use it in past. Under what circumstances would someone think that salt and a three-hour bath be beneficial to someone possible suffering from shock or unconsciousness?