Encyclopedia of Folk Medicine: Old World and New World Traditions
ABC-CLIO, 2004 - 392페이지
Informative and engaging, yet authoritative and well researched, "Encyclopedia of Folk Medicine" reveals previously unexamined connections between folk medicine practices on either side of the Atlantic, as well as within different cultures (Celtic, Native American, etc.) in the United Kingdom and America. For students, school and public libraries, folklorists, anthropologists, or anyone interested in the history of medicine, it offers a unique way to explore the fascinating crossroads where social history, folk culture, and medical science meet.
From the 17th century to the present, the encyclopedia covers remedies from animal, vegetable, and mineral sources, as well as practices combining natural "materia medica" with rituals. Its over 200 alphabetically organized, fully cross-referenced entries allow readers to look up information both by ailment and by healing agent. Entries present both British and North American traditions side by side for easy comparison and identify the surprising number of overlaps between folk and scientific medicine.
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As part of their treatment of patients, some blacksmiths in Scotland used
bloodletting, a practice reported as recently as the 1930s (Beith 1995: 116).
Others used herbal treatment, such as the nineteenth-century Mackintosh from
Bohuntin in ...
Foreign particles were often removed from a child's eyes by the mother licking
them out (Beith 1995: 103); this was thought to be more effective if a frog's eye
were licked first (Beith 1995: 176). For a sty one recommendation in the Scottish ...
In ancient healing rituals, milk was sometimes poured on the ground as a
sacrificial offering (Beith 1995: 139). A bath of milk was said to have saved
casualties of a Pictish battle (Beith 1995: 167). In the Scottish Highlands milk of a