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thieves vinegar

See below Pestessig,

Popular name for a "medicine" or a defense against the plague. The inner and outer application of vinegar against various diseases and as a protective agent was already in use in ancient times. According to one version, the "invention" of the pestilence dates back to 1720, when the plague raged in southern France. According to tradition, four thieves went about robbing the dying and the dead. They were...

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