A dirty-grey-bearded Paraguayan with sly eyes and a derby hat said last week that if his Government would help instead of badgering him, he would annihilate tuberculosis which is a scourge of Paraguay.

Thousands of other Paraguayans believed this man, whom they call Tupá Mbaé ("Sent By God"). The most famous herb doctor of southern Paraguay, his reputation as a curandero rivals that of Mariano Miguel Campos, who wields his herbs at Yhu in the northwest forests.

Around southern Paraguay it is said that Tupá Mbaé cures gall stones with apeterebi, dysentery with anambai-guazú, internal hemorrhage with guabiyu-miru, hemophilia with caa...

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