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By Herbert C. Covey

African-American Slave drugs bargains a serious exam of ways African-American slaves clinical wishes have been addressed throughout the years prior to and surrounding the Civil battle. Drawing upon ex-slave interviews carried out through the Thirties and Forties by means of the Works venture management (WPA), Dr. Herbert C. Covey inventories the various natural, plant, and non-plant treatments utilized by African-American folks practitioners in the course of slavery. He demonstrates how lively the slaves have been of their personal treatment and the $64000 position religion performed within the therapeutic technique. This e-book hyperlinks every one referenced plant or herb to trendy clinical facts to figure out its genuine worthy and results at the sufferers. via his examine, Dr. Covey unravels a few of the advanced social relationships chanced on among the African-American slaves, Whites, people practitioners, and sufferers. African-American Slave medication is a compelling and eye-catching learn that might attract students of African-American heritage and people drawn to people medication.

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William Byrd (Texas) made a similar observation: When slaves become sick master he would look after them he would first get old negro mamma. . If she couldnt get us well then master he would have white doctor, cause we were too valuable to let die. He would lose lots of money iffen he didnt get us well. Ike Woodward (Mississippi) shared a sense of value: When slaves got sick a “Granny” would look after ’em. Us niggers sho’ did get good treatment when we was sick. You know white folks sho didn’t want a nigger o’ theirs to die—they was worth somethin!

For example, WPA respondent Janey Landrum (Texas) was well aware of the role value played: W’en us got sick old Mis’ doctored us and if us git too bad they would send for their own doctor. You see, a good slave was worth a lot of money and they didn’t let one that got sick die, if they could help it, and they didn’t low the overseer to scar them up ’cause that would ruin the sale of a sarbant. Us made 34 Chapter 2 our own soap with lye dripped from wood ashes and the scraps and skins of meat. Hit was a long way to a doctor and mos’ of the women, white and colored, larned to be right good doctors themselves.

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, physicians accomplished depletion or draining through the processes of bleeding and cupping. Influential physicians, such as Dr. 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).

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