MADSTONE—WHAT IT IS-Is the madstone a superstition or a real stone?
The madstone is not a superstition. It is the real thing and worth many times its weight in gold. It is found on the liver of the deer, though a find of this kind is a rare occurrence. There may be one in a thousand.
A certain Dr. McCain of this county, now dead many years, was the lucky possessor of one of these gems. His advertisement brought him patients from far and near whom he afforded complete and permanent relief from the dreaded hydrophobia.
The stone is laid on the wound a while then put in sweet milk to absorb the poison, then put on the wound again, and so on until poison is completely drawn out. Hunters and sportsmen would be wise to examine every slain deer’s liver hereafter.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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