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The use of rocks and stones for the treatment of ill people is present in the folk medicine of many European regions. Lithoiatric practices have a long history which started with the peoples living in prehistoric times and continued in the various civilizations that followed one another over the centuries in Europe right up to the present era. Rocks and stones (pertaining to mountains or hills, caverns or canals, streams or other damp places) have been variously used by mankind in therapeutic procedures in magic or religious settings, giving considerable prestige to some places where such practices were exercised....

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