Traditional cures: casting the lead and bloodletting.
Casting the lead was a complex supernatural procedure for use when someone was ill. Alec Laurenson suggests that the lead might have been used somehow to stop bleeding after blood had been taken. A colonel in the RAMC [Royal Army Medical Corps] during the war told him that bloodletting had also been very common in Kent in the old days.
Blood was frequently taken from children who were very ill, using a blood horn. One old woman measured ounces with a tea cup that could hold two ounces of tea. She considered the fill of the cup with blood was also two ounces.