By Virgil J. Vogel
The aim of this e-book, says the writer, is to teach the influence of Indian medicinal practices on white civilization. truly it achieves way more. It discusses Indian theories of ailment and techniques of scuffling with ailment or even is going into the query of which illnesses have been indigenous and which have been dropped at the Indian through the white guy. It additionally lists Indian medications that experience received recognition within the Pharmacopeia of the U.S. and the nationwide Formulary.The impression of yankee Indian therapeutic arts at the drugs and therapeutic and pharmacology of the white guy was once huge. for instance, such medicines as insulin and penicillin have been expected in rudimentary shape by way of the aborigines. Coca leaves have been used as narcotics via Peruvian Indians 1000s of years prior to Carl Koller first used cocaine as an area anesthetic in 1884. All jointly, approximately one hundred seventy medications, as a rule botanical, have been contributed to the reputable 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 said by way of realms, with British, French, and Spanish colonies and the younger usa individually treated.Indian theories of disease—sorcery, taboo violation, spirit intrusion, soul loss, unfulfilled goals and needs, etc -and shamanistic practices used to wrestle them are defined. tools of treating every kind of injuries-from fractures to snakebite-and even surgical procedure are incorporated. The impact of Indian therapeutic lore upon folks or household medication, in addition to at the "Indian medical professionals" and patent drugs, are mentioned. For the benefit of the reader, an index of botanical names is supplied, including a wide selection of illustrations. The disproportionate realization that has been given to the superstitious and unscientific gains of aboriginal drugs has tended to imprecise its actual contributions to American civilization.
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Whether this sudden spurt was a reflection of the times or whether it was partly inspired by my book, I do not know. My book was well received, however, and was widely reviewed. While most reviews were favorable, a few were not. The book was criticized by Dr. Erwin Ackerknecht, a reputable medical historian, in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Spring, 1972. My reply to Dr. Ackerknecht was not published by the Bulletin. I will send a copy of his review and my unpublished reply to anyone who sends a request with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to me at 1819 Maple Street, Northbrook, Illinois 60062.
There were also first-time studies of the medicines of some tribes and regions and a few that plagiarized my work. Whether this sudden spurt was a reflection of the times or whether it was partly inspired by my book, I do not know. My book was well received, however, and was widely reviewed. While most reviews were favorable, a few were not. The book was criticized by Dr. Erwin Ackerknecht, a reputable medical historian, in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Spring, 1972. My reply to Dr. Ackerknecht was not published by the Bulletin.
He at length threw it into the fire, where it burned, with a little whizzing noise, like damp powder. This did not surprise me at all, as I saw he had taken the precaution to sprinkle a little powder on that part of the floor of the lodge where the ball fell. . " Sucking was commonly employed in removing alleged foreign 7 John R. Swanton, "Religious Beliefs and Medical Practices of the Creek Indians," Forty-second Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology, 1924-25, 636-70. 8A Narrative of the Captivity and Adventures of John Tanner during Thirty Years Residence among the Indians .