Health: Chemical or Christly?

The Australian outback station with its bush remedies, patent medicines, pills, tablets, and other chemical concoctions had failed to relieve an aboriginal woman's severe abdominal pains. Dougal, the old man of the tribe, spoke sharply, authoritatively, to her. Nellie sat up.

Rhythmically he began to "sing away debbil debbil longa belly." A quick abdominal pinch, a twist, a tug, a guttural exclamation, and the incantation was over. No incision, no questions.

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What is Perfect?
February 5, 1972
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