Herbal and Magical Medicine: Traditional Healing Today / Edition 1

Herbal and Magical Medicine: Traditional Healing Today / Edition 1

by James K. Kirkland
     
 

Herbal and Magical Medicine draws upon 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,… See more details below

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Herbal and Magical Medicine draws upon 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822312178
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
01/28/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.99(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: A Regional Approach and Multidisciplinary Perspective1
1Folk Medicine in Contemporary America14
2Traditional Healing Today: Moving Beyond Stereotypes32
3Talking Fire out of Burns: A Magico-Religious Healing Tradition41
4Parallels Between Magico-Religious Healing and Clinical Hypnosis Therapy53
5Doctors and Root Doctors: Patients Who Use Both68
6Rootwork from the Clinician's Perspective99
7The Cultural Epidemiology of Spiritual Heart Trouble118
8Herbal Medicine Among the Lumbee Indians137
9Childbirth Education and Traditional Beliefs About Pregnancy and Childbirth170
10Aesthetic Agency in the Folk Medical Practices and Remembrances of North Carolinians180
Bibliography197
Contributors234
Index237

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