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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In the Isle of Lewis the blood of a black cock, or of a person named Munro, was
applied for treating shingles. Blood from a black cat was an alternative in the
north of Scotland (Black 1883: 151). The blood of members of the clan Keogh
Patients suffering from smallpox were given red bed coverings to draw out the
pustules (Black 1883: 108). Red flannel worn around the neck was used to ward
off whooping cough in the west of Scotland (Black 1883: 111). In the nineteenth ...
Some fever treatments depended on transference; for example, ague was
sometimes treated by making a cake with barley meal and the urine of the
sufferer, and giving the cake to a dog to eat (Black 1883: 35). In parts of Scotland,