Encyclopedia of Folk Medicine: Old World and New World Traditions

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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"[T]his is a valiant effort at bringing together a considerable body of information. Even though the individual entries are short, Hatfield's catholic approach to selecting topics for articles and the thoroughness with which the entries are documented will make this a helpful source for those researching British and British-derived American folk medicine."

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Journal of American Folklore

"…an authoritative and exhaustively researched volume … well organized and attractively designed … for libraries with collections in the history of medicine, folklore, and anthropology."

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American Reference Books Annual

"Because oral traditions are often lost when practitioners die, this work makes a valuable contribution to folk medicine and to medical literature in general. It is also interesting to read … Highly recommended. All collections."

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Choice

"…would be as much at home in folk culture collections as in a library's medical section. Public libraries with patron interest or academic libraries with collections in traditional medicine would profit from the author's historical approach."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576078747
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/12/2003
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,286,643
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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