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Folk Medicine in Southern Appalachia
In the first comprehensive exploration of the history and practice of folk medicine in the Appalachian region, Anthony Cavender melds folklore, medical anthropology, and Appalachian history and draws extensively on oral histories and archival sources from the nineteenth century to the present. He provides a complete tour of ailments and folk treatments organized by body sy ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 8th 2003 by University of North Carolina Press
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Pretty good book that shows not only traditional folk remedies, but where many medical superstitions that still pervade American culture come from. For example, why we think that cold and rain cause illness. Knowing about the miasmatic theory and 4 humors theory from the 1700s and ancient Greece respectively is essential in understanding folk medicine and what these people were thinking at the time. Of course there are some "cures" like passing a baby around a table leg that are difficult to fig ...more