African American Slave Medicine

African American Slave Medicine

by Herbert C. Covey
     
 

African American Slave Medicine offers a critical examination of how African American slaves' medical needs were addressed during the years before and surrounding the Civil War. Drawing upon exslave interviews conducted during the 1930s and 1940s by the Works Project Administration, Dr. Herbert C. Covey inventories many of the herbal, plant, and nonplant remedies used… See more details below

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African American Slave Medicine offers a critical examination of how African American slaves' medical needs were addressed during the years before and surrounding the Civil War. Drawing upon exslave interviews conducted during the 1930s and 1940s by the Works Project Administration, Dr. Herbert C. Covey inventories many of the herbal, plant, and nonplant remedies used by African American folk practitioners during slavery. Covey places great emphasis on the participation of slaves as health practitioners, the importance of faith in the practice, and the modern scientific evidence behind each plant's significance in health recovery. Through his study, Dr. Covey unravels many of the complex social relationships found between the African American slaves, Whites, folk practitioners, and patients, giving readers a groundbreaking look into an otherwise unknown moment in history. African American Slave Medicine is a compelling and captivating read that will appeal to scholars of African American history and those interested in folk medicine.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739116456
Publisher:
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
749,995
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments vii
1 Introduction: Medical Care and Slaves 1
2 White Medical Care of Slaves 19
3 Slave Folk Practitioners 41
4 Conjuring and Hoodoo 55
5 Slave Herbal and Plant Treatments 73
6 Enslaved African American Non-Herbal Treatments and Materia Medica 125
7 Closing Observations 147 Appendix A Plant and Herb Treatments 151 Appendix B Unknown Plant / Herbal Treatments 181 Appendix C Non-Plant or Herbal Treatments 183 References 195 Index 201 About the Author 207

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