Old Wives' Tales

The History of Remedies, Charms and Spells

Ranked #94 in First Aid

From goddesses and witches to modern-day doctors—an entertaining history of women healers featuring an A–Z of remedies
 The woman healer is as old as history—for millennia she has been doctor, nurse, and midwife, and even in the age of modern medicine her wisdom is handed down in the form of old wives' tales. Using extensive research into archives and original texts, and numerous conversations with women in city and countryside, Mary Chamberlain presents a stimulating challenge to the history of orthodox medicine and an illuminating survey of female wisdom which goes back to the...

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