African American Slave Medicine: Herbal and non-Herbal Treatments

African American Slave Medicine: Herbal and non-Herbal Treatments

by Herbert C. Covey
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0739116452

ISBN-13: 9780739116456

Pub. Date: 09/09/2008

Publisher: Lexington Books

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 ex-slave interviews conducted during the 1930s and 1940s by the Works Project Administration (WPA), Dr. Herbert C. Covey inventories many of the herbal, plant, and non-plant

Overview

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 ex-slave interviews conducted during the 1930s and 1940s by the Works Project Administration (WPA), Dr. Herbert C. Covey inventories many of the herbal, plant, and non-plant remedies used by African-American folk practitioners during slavery. He demonstrates how active the slaves were in their own medical care and the important role faith played in the healing process. This book links each referenced plant or herb to modern scientific evidence to determine its actual worth and effects on the patients. Through his study, Dr. Covey unravels many of the complex social relationships found between the African-American slaves, Whites, folk practitioners, and patients. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739116456
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
09/09/2008
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
233,214
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Medical Care and Slaves Chapter 2 White Medical Care of Slaves Chapter 3 Slave Folk Practitioners Chapter 4 Conjuring and Hoodoo Chapter 5 Slave Herbal Treatments Chapter 6 Slave Non-Herbal Treatments & Materia Medica Chapter 7 Closing Observations

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