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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have been crushed and laid on cuts (Vickery 1995: 108). Mallow has been used
for cuts (Vickery 1995: 229). The inner layer of an onion skin was used as a
natural plaster (Vickery 1995: 267). Valerian (Valeriana sp.) was called cut-leaf in
The root has been boiled and used to treat rheumatism in Ireland (Vickery 1995:
124). The bark has been used to treat rheumatism, and in powdered form as a
laxative in Scotland (Beith 1995: 215) and in Devon (Lafont 1984:35). The
Herbal remedies include an infusion of chickweed (Prince 1991: 123), or of
houseleek (Vickery 1995: 199). In Ireland boiled garlic was used (Vickery 1995:
151) or the juice of laurel leaves (Prunus laurocerasus) mixed with unsalted