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By Herbert C. Covey

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African-American Slave drugs deals a serious exam of the way African-American slaves scientific wishes have been addressed throughout the years sooner than and surrounding the Civil struggle. Drawing upon ex-slave interviews carried out through the Thirties and Forties by way of the Works undertaking management (WPA), Dr. Herbert C. Covey inventories a few of the natural, plant, and non-plant treatments utilized by African-American people practitioners in the course of slavery. He demonstrates how lively the slaves have been of their personal treatment and the real position religion performed within the therapeutic method. This ebook hyperlinks each one referenced plant or herb to fashionable medical proof to figure out its genuine worthy and results at the sufferers. via his examine, Dr. Covey unravels a number of the complicated social relationships came upon among the African-American slaves, Whites, people practitioners, and sufferers. African-American Slave medication is a compelling and alluring learn that might entice students of African-American heritage and people drawn to people medication.

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The important aspect of this was the requirement that the physician establish a one-on-one relationship with the patient. Naturally, these relationships changed dramatically based on race and socioeconomic status of the physician and patient. As one would expect, slaves entered into these medical relationships at a lower level of power and influence than their White counterparts. Thus, as Fett (2002) noted, medical interventions with slave involved a three-way relationship between the White physician, plantation owner, and slave patient.

For example, Duin and Sutcliffe (1992) noted that opium, henbane, and mandrake root have been popular choices to induce general anesthesia. Physicians also relied on alcohol, a substance made from plants, to make 24 Chapter 2 patients drunk and less sensitive to pain. Many White physicians believed fevers were caused by “marsh miasma” and prescribed castor oil, opium, and other plant based remedies as treatments (Postell 1951). European immigrants also introduced a variety of new plants to North America many thought to be effective treatments for illness, such as catnip, feverfew, hound’s tongue, celandine, comfrey, mugwort, hollyhock, St.

Every plantation had at least one manual that advised the planter on how to diagnose and treat common ailments (Postell 1951). 26 Chapter 2 Plantation owners and overseers considered these domestic medical manuals to be among their most prized possessions (Morais 1967). For example, John Wesley’s Primitive Physick (1791) and Thomas Short’s Medicina Britannica (1746) were well-liked sources of medical knowledge during colonial times. Theobald’s Every Man His Own Physician (1764) and Buchan’s Domestic Medicine (1774) were designed to be home guides to self-administered health care.

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