Slippery-elm bark tea, flax seed lemonade, arrowroot, mutton broth and onion gruel are just some of the old-time remedies, or "invalid cookery," recommended many years ago in the "Every-Day Cook-Book" by Miss E. Neil. Natural tonics for beauty, child-rearing and homemaking tips, first aid, as well as a multitude of recipes are also found in the book dating to at least 1891. Such a complete book was necessary back when women ran the entire household and was especially useful for those in more rural areas without doctors. As mentioned in last week's column about the county's first doctors, it was the housewife who performed many medical duties and had a bag of tricks to accomplish all that needed to be done. A look at these practices shows that some were effective and have been rediscovered, while others are much more questionable.