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 the Scottish Highlands, bruises were treated with butter or fat bacon, and butter
with oatmeal was used to bring boils to a head and to soothe chapped skin. The
fat of deer was especially valued as a basis for ointments and was also used to ...
In British folk medicine, holly has been used to treat chilblains. In North America,
influenza has been treated with a tea made from holly and holly leaf tea has been
used to treat measles. (North Wind Picture Archive) Rheumatism and arthritis ...
Mullein (“Verbascum thapsus) This plant has been used as long as recmedicine,
particularly for treating respiratory troubles. A cough mixture is made from the
leaves (Newman 1945: 356); in Sussex, this has been used to treat whooping ...