Encyclopedia of Folk Medicine: Old World and New World by Gabrielle Hatfield

By Gabrielle Hatfield

Informative and fascinating, but authoritative and good researched, Encyclopedia of people drugs finds formerly unexamined connections among people drugs practices on each side of the Atlantic, in addition to inside diverse cultures (Celtic, local American, etc.) within the uk and the United States. for college kids, university and public libraries, folklorists, anthropologists, or someone attracted to the heritage of drugs, it deals a different approach to discover the interesting crossroads the place social historical past, people tradition, and clinical technological know-how meet.From the seventeenth century to the current, the encyclopedia covers treatments from animal, vegetable, and mineral resources, in addition to practices combining usual materia medica with rituals. Its over 2 hundred alphabetically prepared, absolutely cross-referenced entries enable readers to appear up info either by means of disease and via therapeutic agent. Entries current either British and North American traditions aspect by way of aspect for simple comparability and establish the miraculous variety of overlaps among folks and medical medication.

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Rev. ed. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1973. Hatcher, Mildred. ” Southern Folklore Quarterly 19 (1955): 150–155. Herrick, James William. Iroquois Medical Botany. D. thesis, State University of New York, Albany, 1977. Meyer, Clarence. American Folk Medicine. Glenwood, IL: Meyerbooks, 1985. Moerman, Daniel E. Native American Ethnobotany. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 1998. Oklahoma Folklore. Oklahoma Writers Project. UCLA Folklore Archives 21_3939. Reagan, Albert B. ” Wisconsin Archaeologist 7(4) (1928): 230– 248.

Water out of a rusty can was recommended in New Mexico (Moya 1940: 74). Red beets were regarded in Pennsylvania as blood “makers” (Brendle and Unger 1935: 39) (compare with the remedy from Sussex, England, above). Dandelion leaf tea was used to treat anemia in West Virginia (Mason 1957: 29). Blackstrap molasses was held to be good for anemia (UCLA Folklore Archives 17_5461). A strange ritual of bleeding an anaemic child, diluting the blood with water, and giving it back as a drink, is reported by Brown (Brown 1952–1964, 6: 117).

3 vols. Birmingham: M. Swinney, 1787–1792. Arthritis See Rheumatism and arthritis. ) The British native species of ash, Fraxinus exclesior has had numerous uses in folk medicine and folklore. In the Scottish Highlands, ash sap was traditionally given to a newborn baby as its first nourishment (Beith 1995: 203)—a practice that it has been suggested, could originate in Persia, where the sweet sap of the so-called manna ash (Fraxinus ornus) was dried and eaten for its food value and its action as a gentle laxative.

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