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Credits: Science Museum

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Placed on the head of a child, this linen skull cap was believed to cure convulsions caused, perhaps, by epilepsy. The printed illustrations show Mary and Jesus being visited by the Magi (Three Wise Men), St Valentine in a glass tomb and a monk praying.

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    Glossary: epilepsy

    A disorder of brain function characterized by seizures that occur suddenly. The seizures can be triggered by fast flashing lights, especially strobe lighting.

    Glossary: skull cap

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    Glossary: amulet

    Small object or piece of jewellery worn as a protecting charm to ward off ill health and bad luck.

    Glossary: convulsion

    The violent involuntary contractions of a group of muscles.