By Herbert C. Covey
African-American Slave drugs deals a serious exam of ways African-American slaves scientific wishes have been addressed in the course of the years earlier than and surrounding the Civil warfare. Drawing upon ex-slave interviews performed through the Thirties and Forties by means of the Works undertaking management (WPA), Dr. Herbert C. Covey inventories the various 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 therapy and the $64000 function religion performed within the therapeutic strategy. This e-book hyperlinks every one referenced plant or herb to fashionable medical facts to figure out its genuine worthy and results at the sufferers. via his learn, Dr. Covey unravels a few of the complicated social relationships came across among the African-American slaves, Whites, people practitioners, and sufferers. African-American Slave medication is a compelling and alluring learn that may attract students of African-American heritage and people drawn to folks drugs.
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There is no room to doubt of its being a certain remedy here. (Morais 1967: 7) White reliance on African American medical care went beyond necessity. Some Whites registered confidence in African folk medicine for other reasons. Some believed that the “Savage African” held powerful healing powers unique to people with dark skin (Cavender 2003). For example, some proposed that the saliva of very dark-skinned people cured thrush, as did Slave Folk Practitioners 45 riding a horse with a Black man.
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.
Whites generally viewed African Americans as less, or non-human, because of their darker skin color. They assumed African Americans had different diseases and had different responses to medical interventions (Kiple and King 1981). Whites believed slaves were able to endure more illness and were less tolerant of drugs, and needed less medical attention. The latter perception implied that money for expensive medicines for the enslaved might be saved by the plantation owners. Proslavery medical experts of the day concluded that slaves had different tolerances and capacities to feel pain (Fett 2002).
African-American Slave Medicine: Herbal and non-Herbal Treatments by Herbert C. Covey