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April 4, 1891

A FORM OF FAITH CURE FOR SNAKE-BITE.

JAMA. 1891;XVI(14):488. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410660020008

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Abstract

In Southern India, where the natives suffer so much from snake-bite, especially that of the venomous cobra, it is strange that these reptiles are for the most part left in peace, on account of the influences of tradition, superstition and worship of all forms of animal life which forbid their destruction Even special days are set apart for the adoration of the cobra, when offerings of sugar, milk and other articles of food are made to it. And this is done despite the fact that, in the province of Mysore at least, the Government offers to pay a reward for every snake that is killed and brought in, and thus a superstitious dread of consequences prevents the extermination of these reptiles. The natives believe that their best protection against snake-bites lies in their devotions and offerings, and that if they do not secure immunity against the venom of the reptiles,

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