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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Prickly asfi (Zanthoxylum spp.) This genus does not occur in Britain and has not
been used in folk medicine there. In North American folk medicine, prickly ash
has been used as a tonic and to treat rheumatism, fevers, and toothache. During
In Ireland, the leaves were chewed for toothache (Vickery 1995: 372), a remedy
also reported from Somerset (Tongue 1965: 42). In the Scottish Highlands
tobacco leaves were used to stem bleeding (Beith 1995: 246), and in
Bedfordshire a ...
Tootfiacfie Pliny in the first century A.D. recommended the tooth of a mole as an
amulet worn against toothache, and since then various versions of this remedy
have been used in folk medicine. In England the foot of a mole was carried as a ...