Encyclopedia of Folk Medicine: Old World and New World Traditions (Google eBook)

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ABC-CLIO, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 392 pages
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"For the first time, Encyclopedia of Folk Medicine compiles in a single source the ailments, remedies, and sometimes outlandish prescriptions that have characterized folk medicine in Britain and North America from the sixteenth century to the present. Within the 220+ A-Z entries, readers will discover such fascinating facts as: mice, burned to a cinder, powdered, and mixed with jam, were given to children in Sussex to cure them of bed-wetting; to avoid "catching" epilepsy, an amulet made from the backbone of a rattlesnake was worn as a precaution in California; in Roman times, the ashes from the burned genitals of an ass were mixed with urine and rubbed on the scalp to prevent baldness; and potatoes were carried in the pocket to ward off rheumatism in twentieth-century Norfolk.".
  

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Contents

A
1
B
21
C
59
D
109
E
129
F
153
G
169
H
181
O
255
P
259
Q
285
R
287
S
299
T
337
U
357
V
359

I
209
J
215
K
221
L
223
M
225
N
251
W
363
Y
381
Index
385
About the Author
393
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Hatfield is Wingate Scholar and Honorary Research Associate at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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