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Demonstrating the ongoing interplay between mainstream scientific medicine and folk medicine, Cavender challenges the conventional view of southern Appalachia as an exceptional region isolated from outside contact. His thorough and accessible study reveals how Appalachian folk medicine encompasses such diverse and important influences as European and Native American culture and America's changing medical and health-care environment. In doing so, he offers a compelling representation of the cultural history of the region as seen through its health practices.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Traditional medicine Appalachian Region, Southern History, Traditional medicine Appalachian Region, Southern Formulae, receipts, prescriptions, Medicinal plants Appalachian Region, Southern, Materia medica Appalachian Region, Southern, Medicine, Traditional history Appalachian Region