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A sick child

The Aztecs had no doctors or hospitals, so being ill was always very serious. Medicines could be bought in the market from APOTHECARIES.

The apothecaries sold many different herbs. There was tobacco and copal which was burned to purify the house of a sick person: yellow chillies, which were good for stomach upsets; cuiapatli, which helped women who were having babies; peyotl, which made you sleep.

Ointments were rubbed on the skin. If they had a sore spot, it was rubbed with squashed black beetles; for sore throats, there was rubber and honey to rub on. Rubber was also good for painful ears and mouths.

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