American Indian Medicine (The Civilization of the American by Virgil J. Vogel

By Virgil J. Vogel

The goal of this e-book, says the writer, is to teach the impact of Indian medicinal practices on white civilization. truly it achieves way more. It discusses Indian theories of sickness and techniques of fighting sickness or even is going into the query of which illnesses have been indigenous and which have been dropped at the Indian via the white guy. It additionally lists Indian medications that experience received attractiveness within the Pharmacopeia of the United States and the National Formulary.

The effect of yank Indian therapeutic arts at the medication and therapeutic and pharmacology of the white guy used to be substantial. for instance, such medications as insulin and penicillin have been expected in rudimentary shape by way of the aborigines. Coca leaves have been used as narcotics by means of Peruvian Indians hundreds of thousands of years prior to Carl Koller first used cocaine as an area anesthetic in 1884. All jointly, approximately a hundred and seventy medications, as a rule botanical, have been contributed to the legit compendia via Indians north of the Rio Grande, approximately 50 extra coming from natives of the Latin-American and Caribbean regions.

Impressions and attitudes of early explorers, settlers, physicians, botanists, and others concerning Indian healing practices are suggested via nation-states, with British, French, and Spanish colonies and the younger usa individually treated.

Indian theories of disease—sorcery, taboo violation, spirit intrusion, soul loss, unfulfilled desires and wishes, and so forth -and shamanistic practices used to wrestle them are defined. tools of treating all types of injuries-from fractures to snakebite-and even surgical procedure are incorporated. The impact of Indian therapeutic lore upon people or family drugs, in addition to at the "Indian medical professionals" and patent drugs, are mentioned. For the ease of the reader, an index of botanical names is equipped, including a large choice of illustrations. The disproportionate cognizance that has been given to the superstitious and unscientific positive factors of aboriginal medication has tended to imprecise its actual contributions to American civilization.

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Title : American Indian Medicine Civilization of the American Indian Series ; V. 95 author : Vogel, Virgil J. publisher : University of Oklahoma Press isbn10 | asin : 0806122935 print isbn13 : 9780806122939 ebook isbn13 : 9780806170237 language : English subject Indians of North America--Medicine. 89/09701 subject : Indians of North America--Medicine. Page i American Indian Medicine The Civilization of the American Indian Series Page ii Page iii American Indian Medicine by Virgil J. Vogel University of Oklahoma Press Norman Page iv To Louise, Johnny, Carol, and Eugene Disclaimer: This book contains characters with diacritics.

Goldie Gillespie typed the bibliography, and my wife, Louise Vogel, drew two illustrations and helped in other ways too numerous to describe. St. " Other institutions which aided me are the Chicago Historical Society, the John Crerar Library, the Field Museum of Natural History, the library of the Medical School of the University of Illinois, the Indiana Historical Society, the Lloyd Library and Museum of Cincinnati, the Midwest Inter-Library Center, the National Research Council, the Newberry Library of Chicago, the Searle Library of the Page xiv Medical School of Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago Libraries.

The number of worthless simples used by Indians is perhaps not greater than that found in early European works on materia medica. Although sixteenth-century European medicine was on the threshold of a tremendous forward movement, it was still filled with superstition and untested theories. Indian treatment of externally caused injuries, in which the origin of the ailment was perfectly obvious, was usually rational Page 14 and often effective. In such a category were fractures, dislocations, wounds of all kinds, including snake and insect bites, skin irritations, bruises, and the like.

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