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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The amount of information about abortifacients used by Native Americans, as
listed in Moerman's Ethnobotany (Moerman 1998), is truly amazing and suggests
few of the taboos surrounding the subject that we have noted in Britain. More
In Native American medicine there were numerous uses for various species of
ash (Moerman 1998: 238-239). Ash sap was widely used to treat earache, and
the method of obtaining the sap is identical to that described for Scotland (Black ...
Sassafras has been used by five different tribes as an eye medicine (Moerman
1998: 519–520). Slippery elm bark has been used by the Iroquois, the Catawba,
and the Potawatomi for sore eyes (Moerman 1998: 577). Flaxseed (Linum spp.) ...