Honey, Mud, Maggots, and Other Medical Marvels: The Science Behind Folk Remedies and Old Wives' Tales

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Houghton Mifflin, Sep 1, 1998 - Medical - 288 pages
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This book covers remedies from ancient Egypt to the rain forests of contemporary Latin America, and challenges the myth that modern clinical practice is the only effective form of medicine. The authors find that modern research often reveals a rational basis for supposedly outdated ideas. Most important, an increasing number of physicians, pharmaceutical researchers, and scientists are beginning to recognize the wealth of knowledge that can be retrieved from abandoned practices of earlier eras in Western medicine and from outside the boundaries of Western ideas entirely.

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HONEY, MUD, MAGGOTS, AND OTHER MEDICAL MARVELS: The Science Behind Folk Remedies and Old Wives' Tales

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What would at first appear to be a collection of entertaining anecdotes about some weird-sounding, even stomach-churning old remedies is in fact much more: a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of ... Read full review

Honey, mud, maggots, and other medical marvels: the science behind folk remedies and old wives' tales

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The title of this informative and stimulating book suggests that medical cures often lie closer to natural and folk treatment than we sometimes like to admit. The authors, a professor of physiology ... Read full review


Antique Modernities
A Flyblown Idea
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About the author (1998)

Root-Bernstein is a professor of physiology at Michigan State University and the winner of a MacArthur fellowship.

Bernstein is an award-winning historian.

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