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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A preparation made from the wood louse, or slater, was also used to treat
whooping cough in the Scottish Highlands (Beith 1995:184). Also among the
Gaels, swallowing a live spider was recommended (Beith 1995: 186). Inhaling
the tar ...
The concept of rites of passage, as in the bramble remedy mentioned above,
appears in other whooping cough remedies. Crossing water was a suggested
Scottish remedy (Beith 1995: 143). Taking a child with whooping cough to the
edge of ...
In Native American practice, many of the plants mentioned above have been
used in the treatment of coughs generally. The use of skunk cabbage root has
been recorded among the Delaware specifically for whooping cough (