Belgian + Cat + Rheumatism + War

“The inhabitants of Southwark considered a particular remedy, such as the use of cat skin as a remedy for rheumatism and chest complaints, as ‘traditional’ when it had in fact been newly introduced to the Borough of Southwark by Belgian refugees during the First World War.”

Religious belief and popular culture in Southwark, c. 1880-1939 by S C Williams (OUP, 1999)

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