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- In olden times when doctors were hard to be got and when the people could not afford to pay them they had to have their own cures. Measles is a sickness which was cured by giving the sick person nettles boiled in oaten gruel with fresh butter.Whooping cough was cured by tying red flannel around the neck of the sick person.Mumps were supposed to be cured by putting a donkeys halter around the sick persons neck and making him go in and out of a pig sty three times. The person making the cure keeps repeating something in Irish.Warts were cured by washing them in water that collected in the hollow of a rock.Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.