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Folk veterinary medicine

3. 4. 2013




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Czech Republic

Folk veterinary medicine – a set of practices and knowledge used in domestic animal healing and disease prevention. Each household had at least basic knowledge of animal health . Veterinary operations were usually performed by shepherds, blacksmiths and knackers, or to a lesser extent by human healers or Gypsies. Professional veterinary medicine developed in the 19th century. Animal health was secured through supernatural ways as well. Christian saints, mainly the Virgin Mary, and patrons of each animal species, were asked for protection. Basic traditional healing methods included the use of herbal or mineral medicine, poultices, massages but also invocation.

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