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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Elecampane (Inula helenium), though not a native plant in Britain, has been
cultivated as an herb and vegetable since Roman times and now exists in
scattered parts of the British isles semiwild (Allen and Hatfield, in press). As well
as being ...
Like those in Britain, they can be categorized into counter-irritant “rubs,” healing
herbs, amulets, and other superstitions. Numerous plants have been used by
different cultures at different times for the treatment of rheumatism and arthritis.
Home treatment of wounds right up to the twentieth century in Britain and in North
America has been a mixture of basic common sense and, at least apparently,
bizarre remedies. Washing the wound in cold water and bandaging tightly seems