By Herbert C. Covey
African-American Slave drugs deals a severe exam of ways African-American slaves clinical wishes have been addressed throughout the years sooner than and surrounding the Civil struggle. Drawing upon ex-slave interviews performed through the Thirties and Nineteen Forties by way of the Works undertaking 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 therapy and the real position religion performed within the therapeutic technique. This publication hyperlinks each one referenced plant or herb to fashionable clinical proof to figure out its real worthy and results at the sufferers. via his research, Dr. Covey unravels some of the advanced social relationships came upon among the African-American slaves, Whites, people practitioners, and sufferers. African-American Slave medication is a compelling and eye-catching learn that might entice students of African-American heritage and people attracted to folks drugs.
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An’us slaves fared juss ez good es twus poss’ble fur ennybuddy ter fare. Plantation owners and overseers employed a number of tactics to prevent illness and disease. They encouraged the use of soap, “mosquito bars” (nets), vaccinations, and proper clothing. Some owners used quarantine stations, called forts, which required the slave to spend time isloated before entering a new plantation. Some also monitored and knew the importance of diet in preventing illness and disease. Owners tried to be medically self-sufficient by stocking a variety of medicines and remedies to keep medical bills low (Kiple and King 1981).
Ashes and salt was given to chillun by their mammies for worms and other ailments. I goes to the woods now and gets ’erbs to make me tea. I learnt dis from my Mammy. I’se ain’t gwine to tell you what ’erbs I gits ’cause dat’s a secret but I knows ’erbs. Rev. Wade Owens (Alabama) stated, “When us ’ud git sick, dey would bleed you, stick somp’n in your arm and draw de blood. ” WHITE MEDICAL RELIANCE ON HERBS AND PLANTS Many of the formal medical practices of the time relied heavily on herbal and plant remedies.
John C. Gunn’s Domestic Medicine, considered a medical bible in the nineteenth century, relied heavily on herbal remedies (Genovese 1974). Gunn’s manual was an attempt to demystify medicine and diminish the power of formally trained physicians (Cavender 2003). Dr. James Ewell’s The Planter’s and Mariner’s Medical Companion (1813) was another widely used guide (Morais 1967). Yet another was Stephenson and Churchill’s Medical Botany (1836), which relied on herbal treatments. Agricultural journals of the antebellum South were abundant sources of medical advice for planters and physicians.
African-American Slave Medicine: Herbal and non-Herbal Treatments by Herbert C. Covey