Hoosier Home Remedies

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Purdue University Press, 1986 - Health & Fitness - 212 pages

With a sense of urgency, Dr. Tyler has collected andtranscribed some 750 folk remedies still alive in the memories of more than 175Hoosier-area correspondents. The pharmacologist, who has thirty years ofexperience with natural-product remedies, fears these cures will soon beforgotten, since modern medicine usually writes them off as hoax, and those whopractice them are becoming fewer and fewer. For Tyler, however, folk medicine isworthy of scientific research; after all, scientists discovered morphine fromopium poppy, digoxin from foxglove, and ergotamine from ergot fungus byobserving the efficacy of these ancient folk remedies. By suggesting furtherinvestigation of some remedies, warning readers against downright dangerouscures, and noting the constitutive ingredients of those proven effective, Tylerinvites further illumination of this shady region between superstition andscience while entertaining his reader with much fascinating medical tore.Hoosiers, folklore followers, physicians, and pharmacologists will appreciatethe meticulous clarity of Tyler's scientific commentary on folk medicines.






 

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Contents

Jaundice and Hepatitis
100
Kidney Problems
102
Lice and The Itch
105
Malaria
107
Measles
108
Menstrual Problems
110
Nausea and Vomiting
111
Nervousness and Insomnia
113

Burns Sunburn
30
Cancer
34
Cardiovascular Problems
37
Colds and Flu
38
Cold Sores
50
Contagious Diseases Prevention of
53
Coughs and Groups
54
CureAlls
61
Cuts Bruises and Abrasions
62
Deafness
65
Diabetes
66
Diaphoretics to Induce Perspiration
67
Drunkenness
72
Earache
73
Emetics to Induce Vomiting
75
Eye Problems
76
Falling Hair
78
Felons
79
Fevers
80
Fish Attractant
82
Fits
83
Foot Problems Corns Calluses Ingrown Toenails
84
Frostbite
85
Gout
86
Heat Exhaustions
89
Hemorrhoids Piles
90
Hiccups
92
Hives and Allergic Skin Reactions
93
Hunger
94
Insect Bites and Stings
95
Insect Repellants
98
Nettle Burn
116
Neuritis and Neuralgia
117
Nosebleed
119
Perspiration Odor
121
Pneumonia
122
Poison Ivy and Poison Sumac Dermatitis
123
Rabies
128
Ringworm
129
Scurvy
131
Skin Problems Minor
132
Slivers and Splinters
135
Snakebite
137
Sore Mouth Canker Sores
138
Sores
140
Sore Throat
141
Sprains and Sore Muscles
145
Sties
150
Stomachache and Colic
151
Stomach Ulcers
157
Thirst
159
TobaccoChewing Habits to Break
160
Tooth and Gum Problems
161
Tuberculosis
165
Warts
167
Whooping Coughs
170
Wounds
173
Wounds Cuts Burns Sprains Sores etc Mixed
178
Botanical Names Common and Scientific
181
Suggestions for Further Reading
191
Index
195
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About the author (1986)

Varro E. Tyler is executive vice president for academic affairs at Purdue University. Formerly he served as dean of Purdue's Schools of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences. He is the author of approximately 180 scientific and educational articles in professional journals and has written or contributed to several books, such as Experimental Pharmacognosy.

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