CURE FOR HOOPING COUGH.
Cut some hairs from the back of the head of the child having hooping cough, place them between two pieces of buttered bread, and give them to the first dog you meet. If the dog eats it an immediate cure is effected, so it is believed. This belief is still current in Nottingham.
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Or at least it was in 1876 when the book Nottinghamshire Facts and Fictions was published by John Potter Briscoe (Nottingham: Shepherd Brothers). You'll find this folk belief on page 66.