Silver therapeutic collar

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In the church, the Christian believers implement sometimes practices in order to exterminate demons and to ensure their physical and mental health. The Church theoretically discouraged such practices, but, in the pass of centuries, it accepted some of them. A relevant example is the use of therapeutic collars. The person, who was physically or mentally ill, was wearing the neck collar, while the end of his chain was tied at some place in the church. Patients remained tied for some time, hoping for a miraculous healing. Sometimes the collars were simply anathems to the therapist saint. The therapeutic collars confirm the use of prescientific medicine and medieval practices in modern times along with the persistence of folk beliefs .