African-American Slave Medicine: Herbal and non-Herbal by Herbert C. Covey

By Herbert C. Covey

African-American Slave medication bargains a severe exam of the way African-American slaves scientific wishes have been addressed throughout the years sooner than and surrounding the Civil conflict. Drawing upon ex-slave interviews performed through the Nineteen Thirties and Nineteen Forties by way of the Works undertaking management (WPA), Dr. Herbert C. Covey inventories some of the natural, plant, and non-plant treatments utilized by African-American people practitioners in the course of slavery. He demonstrates how energetic the slaves have been of their personal treatment and the real position religion performed within the therapeutic approach. This publication hyperlinks each one referenced plant or herb to fashionable clinical facts to figure out its real worthy and results at the sufferers. via his learn, Dr. Covey unravels a few of the complicated social relationships came across among the African-American slaves, Whites, people practitioners, and sufferers. African-American Slave medication is a compelling and eye-catching learn that may entice students of African-American background and people drawn to folks medication.

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Thomas Sydenham in England and Dr. Benjamin Rush in America, adhered to and touted the merits of bleeding and purging patients. Bleeding is the practice of draining blood from the patient to bring body humors into balance. Often patients would lose enough blood to faint and there were reports of fifty ounces being drawn from patients over a few-day span (Cavender 2003). Cupping is the slow draining 22 Chapter 2 of blood by the application of a heated cup used to create a vacuum when pressed against the skin.

Therefore, Whites were concerned that African spiritual and religious beliefs would spread and, perhaps, compete with Christianity. Racism framed all perceptions and actions of the times. Some slaves provided medical care in spite of the inherent dangers imposed by the dominant White society. Herbert M. ” There were a few exceptions. Dr. Benjamin Rush, the most famous and influential American physician of his time, appreciated what slave folk practitioners knew about medical care. In regards to an African American folk practitioner, Dr.

Uncle Warner,” he had charge of de sick house, on he could sure tell iffen you sick or not, or iffen you jus’ tryin’ to play off from work. ” Carter J. Jackson (Texas) stated: If we was sick with anything sides chills, Master took us up to the “sick-house” close to where he lived to wait on us. ” Lots of the darkies wore asfidity bags to keep off measles and sich like. CLOSING OBSERVATIONS—WHITE MEDICAL CARE Plantation owners and overseers provided a mixed bag of medical care to their slaves, ranging from adequate to deplorable.

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