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|A Natchez Indian cures an ailing Frenchman|
In the 1720s at Natchez, a French settler had a growth in his left eye and was mortified over the medical procedure his doctor proposed. At the last minute another doctor was chosen — one the French commonly called a "sorcerer" or a "juggler" or an Indian medicine man.
The patient was Antoine-Simon Le Page DuPratz, who described his condition this way: "For some days I had a lachrymal fistula in the left eye which gave out — when it was pressed — a humor of very bad augury." What?
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