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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In Roman times, the ashes from the burned genitals of an ass were mixed with
one's own urine and rubbed onto the scalp to prevent baldness (Souter 1995:164
). Rubbing on the dung of various animals was recommended not only in folk ...
The berries of bryony were crushed and rubbed on chilblains in Essex (Hatfield
1994: appendix). In the Highlands of Scotland, deer tallow was rubbed on
chilblains (Beith 1995: 170). Dipping in urine was used here too, or in a solution
In North Carolina, corns have been rubbed with a snail (Clark 1970: 17). In
California, rubbing them with a wooden peg, which is then driven into a tree, has
been suggested (UCLA Folklore Archives 9 6278). Rubbing a piece of cotton
onto a ...