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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has been used in cancer treatment (Peattie 1943: 118), as have the blossoms of
thistles (UCLA Folklore Archives 16_7610). Sheep shower, or sheep sorrel (
Oxalis sp.), was widely used. The juice was beaten on a metal plate and
Eating garlic has been recommended for sore throat (UCLA Folklore Archives 2
6499), and arthritis (Puckett 1981: 309), and to prevent snoring (Parler 1962: 891
) or bedwetting (Browne 1958: 29). Garlic has been eaten to treat gout (Koch ...
on the feet was used as a cure for colds (UCLA Folklore Archives 2 6792) and,
placed over the nose, for sinusitis (Clark 1970: 29). Raw potatoes were applied to
the stomach for cramps (Cannon 1984: 103), and applied as well to cuts, sores, ...