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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Highlands a woman in labor was recommended to have a piece of cold iron in
her bed and a Bible under the pillow. Near Braemar in the Scottish Highlands,
pregnant women used to visit the "wife stone” to ensure an easy time during labor
In contrast, a popular cold cure in the Scottish Highlands was to run fully clad into
the sea, then go home, go to bed and sleep, still in the sea-soaked clothes (Beith
1995: 135). "Sweating” a patient by lighting a fire on the earthen floor, ...
For a sty one recommendation in the Scottish Highlands was to stand on one's
head in the sea until nine waves had passed over, or to count to one hundred
without drawing breath (Beith 1995: 135). Asking a man on a white horse to
remove a ...