The Resource Lotions, potions, pills, and magic : health care in early America, Elaine G. Breslaw

Lotions, potions, pills, and magic : health care in early America, Elaine G. Breslaw

Label
Lotions, potions, pills, and magic : health care in early America
Title
Lotions, potions, pills, and magic
Title remainder
health care in early America
Statement of responsibility
Elaine G. Breslaw
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the years following the American Revolution, as poverty increased and America's water and air became more polluted, people grew sicker. Traditional medicine became increasingly ineffective. Instead, Americans sought out both older and newer forms of alternative medicine and people who embraced these methods: midwives, folk healers, Native American shamans, African obeahs and the new botanical and water cure advocates. The author describes the evolution of public health crises and solutions, and argues that their ascendance over other healers didn't begin until germ theory finally migrated from Europe, and American medical education achieved professional standing. In addition to being a history of health in early America, it is a history of struggle, as natives and newcomers alike grappled with the obstacles imposed by biology, ecology, and fellow human beings. The author's position, supported by stories and anecdotes, calls for a frank reconsideration of the history of America, its health, and its doctors
Cataloging source
YDXCP
Dewey number
362.10973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
R152
LC item number
.B725 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Lotions, potions, pills, and magic : health care in early America, Elaine G. Breslaw
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Columbian Exchange -- Epidemics -- Tools of the Trade -- Abundance -- Wartime -- New Nation -- Giving Birth -- The Face of Madness -- Democratic Medicine -- Public Health -- Conclusion -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn813286346
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 237 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780814787182
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt8jtfnp
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b2707724x
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)813286346
  • jstor813286346

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
Processing Feedback ...