Southern Folk Medicine, 1750-1820

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University of South Carolina Press, 1999 - Medical - 259 pages
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Southern Folk Medicine, 1750-1820 explores methods of cure during a time when the South relied more heavily on homespun remedies than on professionally prescribed treatments. Bringing to light several previously unpublished primary sources, Kay K. Moss inventories the medical ingredients and practices adopted by physicians, herb women, yeoman farmers, plantation mistresses, merchants, tradesmen, preachers, and quacks alike. She shows how families passed down cures as heirlooms, how remedies crossed cultural and ethnic boundaries, and how domestic healers compounded native herbs and plants with exotic ingredients.

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Kay K. Moss founded the Eighteenth-century Backcountry Lifeways Studies Program at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia, North Carolina, and teaches open-hearth cookery at John C. Campbell Folk School. Her previous books include Southern Folk Medicine 1750 - 1820, The Backcountry Housewife, Journey to the Piedmont Past, and Decorative Motifs from the Southern Backcountry 1750 - 1825.

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