Message #121396 - Folk Healer #general
Another name for a folk-healer which I have come across is "feldsher", which
I believe refers to a non-medically trained barber-surgeon.
A story that I was often told was that during a typhus epidemic in Lithuania
in about 1912 my dad's legs became paralyzed. A gypsy woman, who was a
neighbor, told his mother to take him to the river bank, bury him up to his
waist and leave him like that for 2 days. At the end of the 2 days, he was
able to walk. I'm not sure that there were gypsies in Vilkomir but certainly
there must have been practioners of folk medicine which predates our "modern"
medicine. Carol Blumenthal Cohen
BLUMENTHAL KHRAPUN CHARPUN Lithuania