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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This is a small volume on the history and practices of Curanderismo in the southwest United States. Traditional Mexican-American herbs and remedies are included.
Purpose: The book is designed to introduce nonacademics and nonscientists to Curanderismo folk healing history and practices.
Audience: It is written at a basic understandable level useful for the lay audience and high school and beginning college students. The author has studied the healing traditions most of her life and teaches at the University of New Mexico.
Features: The book discusses the early history of folk healing and its passage to Mexico and the U.S. Much of the history is related through legend and stories. A multitude of other references are provided for those interested in reading more about the tradition. Lastly, common herbs and their uses along with their Spanish names are presented.
Assessment: The book is for the most part based on story and legend, but it is a readable and adequate elementary book with which to begin one's investigation into Curanderismo.