Herbal and Magical Medicine: Traditional Healing Today / Edition 1 by James K. Kirkland | 9780822312178 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Herbal and Magical Medicine: Traditional Healing Today / Edition 1

Herbal and Magical Medicine: Traditional Healing Today / Edition 1

by James K. Kirkland
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822312174

ISBN-13: 9780822312178

Pub. Date: 01/30/1992

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Herbal and Magical Medicine draws on perspectives from folklore, anthropology, psychology, medicine, and botany to describe the traditional medical beliefs and practices among Native, Anglo- and African Americans in eastern North Carolina and Virginia. In documenting the vitality of such seemingly unusual healing traditions as talking the fire out of burns,

Overview

Herbal and Magical Medicine draws on perspectives from folklore, anthropology, psychology, medicine, and botany to describe the traditional medical beliefs and practices among Native, Anglo- and African Americans in eastern North Carolina and Virginia. In documenting the vitality of such seemingly unusual healing traditions as talking the fire out of burns, wart-curing, blood-stopping, herbal healing, and rootwork, the contributors to this volume demonstrate how the region’s folk medical systems operate in tandem with scientific biomedicine.
The authors provide illuminating commentary on the major forms of naturopathic and magico-religious medicine practiced in the United States. Other essays explain the persistence of these traditions in our modern technological society and address the bases of folk medical concepts of illness and treatment and the efficacy of particular pratices. The collection suggests a model for collaborative research on traditional medicine that can be replicated in other parts of the country. An extensive bibliography reveals the scope and variety of research in the field.

Contributors. Karen Baldwin, Richard Blaustein, Linda Camino, Edward M. Croom Jr., David Hufford, James W. Kirland, Peter Lichstein, Holly F. Mathews, Robert Sammons, C. W. Sullivan III

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822312178
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
01/30/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.19(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface,
Introduction: A Regional Approach and Multidisciplinary Perspective,
1. Folk Medicine in Contemporary America,
2. Traditional Healing Today: Moving Beyond Stereotypes,
3. Talking Fire out of Burns: A Magico-Religious Healing Tradition,
4. Parallels Between Magico-Religious Healing and Clinical Hypnosis Therapy,
5. Doctors and Root Doctors: Patients Who Use Both,
6. Rootwork from the Clinician's Perspective,
7. The Cultural Epidemiology of Spiritual Heart Trouble,
8. Herbal Medicine Among the Lumbee Indians,
9. Childbirth Education and Traditional Beliefs About Pregnancy and Childbirth,
10. Aesthetic Agency in the Folk Medical Practices and Remembrances of North Carolinians,
Bibliography,
Contributors,

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