By Kay K. Moss
Southern people drugs, 1750-1820 explores tools of therapy in the course of a time while the South relied extra seriously on homespun treatments than on professionally prescribed remedies. Bringing to gentle numerous formerly unpublished basic assets, Kay okay. Moss inventories the clinical elements and practices followed via physicians, herb girls, yeoman farmers, plantation mistresses, retailers, tradesmen, preachers, and quacks alike. Moss indicates how households handed down therapies as heirlooms, how treatments crossed cultural and ethnic limitations, and the way household healers compounded local herbs and vegetation with unique materials. Moss assembles her photo of family clinical perform principally from an research of twelve usual books--or repositories of knowledge, scientific and otherwise--kept by way of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century southerners. She unearths that women and men of all social periods accumulated scientific tips and receipts in handwritten journals. even if good knowledgeable or unlettered, many most popular domestic treatments over therapy by way of the region's few expert physicians.
Of specific curiosity to typical historians, an intensive advisor to medicinal vegetation, their medical names, and their conventional makes use of is additionally integrated.