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

By Herbert C. Covey

African-American Slave drugs deals a severe exam of the way African-American slaves clinical wishes have been addressed through the years prior to and surrounding the Civil warfare. Drawing upon ex-slave interviews carried out in the course of the Thirties and Nineteen Forties through the Works undertaking management (WPA), Dr. Herbert C. Covey inventories a number of the natural, plant, and non-plant treatments utilized by African-American folks practitioners in the course of slavery. He demonstrates how energetic the slaves have been of their personal remedy and the $64000 function religion performed within the therapeutic approach. This e-book hyperlinks every one referenced plant or herb to fashionable medical proof to figure out its real worthy and results at the sufferers. via his learn, Dr. Covey unravels a few of the complicated social relationships stumbled on among the African-American slaves, Whites, people practitioners, and sufferers. African-American Slave drugs is a compelling and eye-catching learn that would attract students of African-American heritage and people drawn to people drugs.

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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. Previously, scholars have identified economic motives as playing a critical role in the quality and quantity of medical care given to slaves.

Hit was a long way to a doctor and mos’ of the women, white and colored, larned to be right good doctors themselves. There was no trained nusses then that I knows about. The neighbors come in and hope nuss when there was sickness in the fambly. Mos’ all the slaves wimmin was right good doctors themselves. They git their medicine out of the woods, and the old folks knowed lots of way to cure things. —Janey Landrum, Texas Historical sources abound with references to slave midwives, grannies, herb doctors, root doctors, spiritual healers, kitchen physicks, folk healers, spiritualists, conjurer doctors, hoodoo practitioners, and formally trained 41 42 Chapter 3 African American physicians.

J. C. Nott of Mobile, in the belief that Africans were not of the same species as Whites (Postell 1951). Dr. Nott argued that Whites and Blacks were of different species. Drs. Nott and Cartwright proposed that masters could whip them because a slave’s central nervous system was less developed and they could endure more pain. These central ideas became the crux of White medical treatment of slaves in the South. 30 Chapter 2 THE EXPERIMENTAL USE OF SLAVES Medical journals and documents reveal that slaves played a significant role in medical education and experimentation of the antebellum south (Fisher 1968; Savitt 1978, 1982).

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