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African American Slave Medicine: Herbal and non-Herbal Treatments Paperback – September 9, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0739116456 ISBN-10: 0739116452

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Lexington Books (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739116452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739116456
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Covey's approach is straightforward and impartial. He offers a comprehensive analysis of the literature, judiciously recognizing the work of other historians in this field. At the same time, his contribution stems from an insightful monographic focus....This volume is worthy of a wide readership across disciplines....A precise and substantial work that serves as a functional primer for slavery and medicine in the United States. (The Journal of Southern History, August 2008)

This is an excellent treatment of a subject of increasing interest for the lay public and scholars alike. The appendix presents a wealth of information previously undocumented as to source, now confirmed and associated with real people as sources. This book has much to recommend it to a wide interdisciplinary audience. This volume cannot help but enrich the reader. (Herbalgram, August 2009)

African American Slave Medicine by Herbert C. Covey is a concise and cogent treatment of the enslavement of African people and herbal pharmacopoeia in the United States. The text makes an important contribution to the expanding field of slavery and medicine, covering the areas of American history, African American Studies, and the history of science and medicine. (Katherine Bankole, associate professor of history, West Virginia University)

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Herbert C. Covey is an instructor in the College of Continuing Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Malik McLean on September 18, 2010
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The book is a classic. It tells the history of how African Americans healed themselves while living in a hostile environment (slavery). Some of these concotions are exotic but they worked irocly. I would recommend this book to anyone who is willing to learn more about natural remedies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MSNELSON on October 17, 2013
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Currently I am studying natural/traditional medicine and this book is loaded with excellent knowledge. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I refer to it often. I highly recommend this book for natural remedies and nutrition support.
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What a great resource - and I can only imagine the hours spent culling the slave narratives for this book. The two appendixes (appendices?), charts really, one for plant and herb treatments and the other for unknown plants with both including the WPA slave narrative reference from whence pulled; these are invaluable for study as they also show the location of the former slave. Thank you Mr. Covey!
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By readingnut11 on October 26, 2011
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I enjoy reading this book because I love my Her/History I'm familiar with Herbal medicine during those times we didn't have Dr's to run to we had to bring our herbal knowledge with us learn to substitute available herbs and to adapt to our new environment. Alot of these herbs are available today It's a good Her/History read if you don't mind some of the illiterate slang that's why I gave it 3 stars due to the wording.
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