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 The authors find that modern research often reveals a rational basis for supposedly outdated ideas.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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Review: Honey, Mud, Maggots and Other Medical Marvels: The Science Behind Folk Remedies and Old Wives' Tales

User Review  - Sacha - Goodreads

Enjoyed the chapters on specific cures: maggots, honey, head-out immersion, geopharmacy, blood letting, leeches, laudable pus, licking wounds, urotherapy, circumcision, contraception, and cellophane ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Selkie - Goodreads

Not near as interesting as the title would indicate, but it does have its good points. Read full review

Contents

Antique Modernities
1
A Flyblown Idea
21
The Baby in the Bath Water
44
Copyright

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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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