"Breslaw’s book is an important compilation of authoritative research, giving the subject a longer reach and shedding light on a little-known and not-so-pretty subject."-Library Journal
"A highly readable and entertaining volume filled with anecdotes and gripping stories."-History in Review
"Deliciously titled, 'Lotions, Potions, Pills, and Magic' is an extremely well-written introduction to American health care."-Choice,
"[Breslaw] provides a powerful and cautionary reminder that understanding those practices is impossible without close attention to power."-Journal of American History
“Breslaw offers a concise, masterful study of early American medical historical literature and charts the complicated record of early American health care, focusing on the decline of the physician in a newly democratic society.”
About the Author
Elaine G. Breslaw retired as Professor of History from Morgan State University in Baltimore after 29 years and has taught on an adjunct basis at Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is the author of Tituba, Reluctant Witch of Salem: Devilish Indians and Puritan Fantasies (NYU Press, 1995), Witches of the Atlantic World: An Historical Reader and Primary Sourcebook (NYU Press, 2000), and Dr. Alexander Hamilton and Provincial America: Expanding the Orbit of Scottish Culture.