By Herbert C. Covey

African-American Slave drugs bargains a severe exam of the way African-American slaves scientific wishes have been addressed throughout the years earlier than and surrounding the Civil struggle. Drawing upon ex-slave interviews carried out throughout the Nineteen Thirties and Nineteen Forties via the Works venture management (WPA), Dr. Herbert C. Covey inventories a number of the natural, plant, and non-plant treatments utilized by African-American people practitioners in the course of slavery. He demonstrates how energetic the slaves have been of their personal treatment and the real function religion performed within the therapeutic method. This ebook hyperlinks every one referenced plant or herb to trendy clinical facts to figure out its genuine worthy and results at the sufferers. via his learn, Dr. Covey unravels the various advanced social relationships came upon among the African-American slaves, Whites, people practitioners, and sufferers. African-American Slave drugs is a compelling and desirable learn that may attract students of African-American heritage and people drawn to people medication.

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Wouldn’ trust nobody else to give us no medicine. I remember she give us castor oil en little salts for some ailments. Didn’ give us nothin more den dat only a little sage or catnip sometimes. Dat what was good for colds. Hector Smith of South Carolina also confirmed the lack of physicians in the provision of medical care with his statement: Oh, de peoples didn’ never worry bout no doctor den. Dey doctor was in de field in dat day on time. I gwine tell you just like I know it, all de older peoples use to get de herbs out de old fields for dey remedies.

White Medical Care of Slaves 21 bellum medicine was a “veritable free-for-all” wrought with skepticism, experimentation, and conflicting claims of legitimacy (Fett 2002: 4). ” Throughout the period, there was a struggle for the control of medicine and healing. While many plantation owners and overseers used formal approaches, some also frequently turned to alternative or “domestic” medicine for solutions. One alternative system, homeopathy, held that small doses of a substance that produces symptoms most similar to the illness being treated would be a cure.

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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