By Herbert C. Covey
African-American Slave medication bargains a severe exam of ways African-American slaves clinical wishes have been addressed in the course of the years sooner than and surrounding the Civil struggle. Drawing upon ex-slave interviews carried out throughout the Thirties and Forties through the Works undertaking management (WPA), Dr. Herbert C. Covey inventories a few 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 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 research, Dr. Covey unravels some of the complicated social relationships came upon among the African-American slaves, Whites, folks practitioners, and sufferers. African-American Slave drugs is a compelling and eye-catching learn that may attract students of African-American heritage and people drawn to people drugs.
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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. The latter had little to say about the nature of the medical treatment received.
For example in 1845, Dr. H. V. Wooten from Alabama shared his experience of treating a slave named Betty whose owner had been treating her for diarrhea but who had a prolapsed uterus (Fisher 1968). Other examples of antebellum physicians finding misdiagnoses and treatments were recorded (Fisher 1968). Fett (2002) noted a general atmosphere of distrust by slaves of White medical practice. One WPA respondent remarked, “Oh, de people didn’t put much faith to de doctors in dem days,” and then added, “Mostly, de would use de herbs in de fields for de medicine” (Rawick 1972, vol.
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). Cupping is the slow draining 22 Chapter 2 of blood by the application of a heated cup used to create a vacuum when pressed against the skin. ” The notions of bleeding, cupping, and, in general, surgical cutting or amputations was generally foreign to Western African healing traditions (Fontenot 1994) and was not part of the healing tradition of their ancestors.
African-American Slave Medicine: Herbal and non-Herbal Treatments by Herbert C. Covey