African American Slave Medicine: Herbal and Non-Herbal Treatments

Written by:
Herbert C. Covey
Narrated by:
William Andrew Quinn

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2022
10 hours 18 minutes
African American Slave Medicine offers a critical examination of how African American slaves' medical needs were addressed during the years before and surrounding the Civil War. Drawing upon ex-slave interviews conducted during the 1930s and 1940s by the Works Project Administration (WPA), Dr. Herbert C. Covey inventories many of the herbal, plant, and non-plant remedies used by African American folk practitioners during slavery. He demonstrates how active the slaves were in their own medical care and the important role faith played in the healing process. This book links each referenced plant or herb to modern scientific evidence to determine its actual worth and effects on the patients. Through his study, Dr. Covey unravels many of the complex social relationships found between the African American slaves, Whites, folk practitioners, and patients. African American Slave Medicine is compelling and captivating listening that will appeal to scholars of African American history and those interested in folk medicine.
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