Medicine: Mind over Matter

"Say—what is dead cats good for, Huck?"

"Good for? Cure warts with."

"No! Is that so? I know something that's better . . . spunk-water. . . . You got to go all by yourself, to the middle of the woods, where you know there's a spunk-water stump, and just as it's midnight you . . . jam your hand in and say:

Barleycorn, barleycorn, injun-meal shorts,

Spunk-water, spunk-water, swaller these warts!

". . . If you speak the charm's busted."

Last week Tom Sawyer's amiable hocus-pocus got a nod of approval from a scientific quarter....

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