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 commonest of these were an infusion of nettles and a decoction prepared by
boiling the roots of burdock. In the Highlands of Scotland, dulse soup, prepared
from seaweed, was recommended for skin disorders (Beith 1995: 240). External ...
An intriguing remedy from the Scottish Highlands is the use of the so-called
bonduc bean (Caesalpinia bonduc), boiled in milk for dysentery and diarrhea (
Beith 1995: 208). This and other exotic species of nuts are washed ashore on the
boiled in milk was taken for jaundice in Herefordshire (Leather 1912: 80) and in
Ireland (Vickery 1995: 127). There is a similar, larger but equally miscellaneous,
group of remedies for jaundice in North American folk medicine. Various forms of