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Cambridge and County Folk Museum

The newspapers are full of the current woes of the NHS, but if you want to recall the severe ailments and the even more stringent cures of the past, visit the Cambridge and County Folk Museum. A special exhibition, Aches and Pains, illuminates the development of Cambridge hospitals and the treatment of such conditions as Fen ague and TB. Remedies such as mole's paws and instruments such as haemorrhoid clamps will surely make you grateful for present mercies. There's also a "doctor's waiting room" where children can take part in quizzes and try hands-on activities. Aches and Pains is at The Cambridge and County Folk Museum, 2-3 Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ until September 15. Admission: adults pound;2.50, children 75p, concessions pound;1.50. One child is admitted free with every full-paying adult. Tel: 01223 355159; email:; website:

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