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Honey Mud Maggots and Other Medical Marvel

Root Bernstein, Robe

Verlag: Macmillan Publishing, 1999
ISBN 10: 0333750381 / ISBN 13: 9780333750384
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Titel: Honey Mud Maggots and Other Medical Marvel

Verlag: Macmillan Publishing

Erscheinungsdatum: 1999

Einband: Hardcover

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Inhaltsangabe: Many modern medical practices began as old wives' tales of folk remedies. This text investigates a multicultural variety of age-old remedies often dismissed by 20th-century Western medicine as harmful or foolish but now shown to have real scientific validity. This text calls upon the medical establishment to open itself up to the possibilities of alternative therapies - remedies that have withstood the test of time precisely because they work. The authors take an excursion into the world of folk medicine, unearthing stories that range widely across time and place, fron ancient Egypt to the rain forests of contemporary Latin America. The notion that modern clinical practice is the only effective medicine is challenged and current research verifies the biochemical bases for the efficacy of supposedly outdated practices.

Rezension: Eating clay, drinking urine, applying honey to deep wounds and mere plaster to crushed bones: these are all folk remedies for ailments, passed on through the generations and thoroughly discounted by modern science. It is too bad, write scientist-historian couple Robert and Michèle Root-Bernstein, who deplore the loss of proven methods developed without the blessing of the academy, noting that "formal academic systems are only one of many ways in which knowledge is discovered, accumulated, and transmitted." Many scientists are now coming to agree with this view, they write in this fascinating collection of case studies. Researchers have showed that black tea, for instance, has powerful antibiotic properties and that maggots do an extraordinary job of cleaning wounds--as traditional healers have known all along.

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