Hair of the dog

HAIR OF THE DOG

Quite why people persist in believing that alcohol will cure a hangover and more than a blow-torch will a burn, defies all reason, but there it is. A strongly held medieval belief had it that the only sure-fire cure for the effects of a bad dog bite was that the bitten man should avail himself of some hair from the offending animal and either eat it with some bread and milk, or make a poultice in similar manner and apply it to the bite. For the bitten man's sake, it is to be hoped that he had several friends wiling to hold the beast down whilst he ripped a handful of fur from the cur, if not a vicious spiral would assert itself culminating with one very bitten man and one very bald dog.