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Health and Wellness in Colonial America

Health and Wellness in Colonial America

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This book provides a broad introduction to medical practices among Anglo-Americans, Native Americans, and African Americans during the colonial period, covering everything from dentistry to childcare practices to witchcraft. It is ideal for college or advanced high school courses in early American history, the history of medicine, or general social history.

Health and Wellness in Colonial America covers all aspects of medicine from surgery to the role of religion in healing, giving readers a comprehensive overall picture of medical practices from 1600 to 1800--a topic that speaks volumes about the living conditions during that period. In this book, an introductory chapter describes the ways in which all three cultures in colonial America--European, African, and Native American--thought about medicine. The work covers academic and scientific medicine as well as folk practices, women's role in healing, and the traditions of Native Americans and African Americans.

Because of its broad scope, the book will be highly useful to advanced high school students; undergraduate students in various areas of studies, such as early American history, women's history, and history of medicine; and general readers interested in the history of medicine.

Author: Rebecca Tannenbaum
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Published: 08/17/2012
Pages: 264
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.27lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.10w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9780313384905

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 12/01/2012 pg. 40
Choice 02/01/2013

About the Author

Rebecca Tannenbaum, PhD, received her doctorate from Yale University, New Haven, CT, where she is now senior lecturer in history. Her published works include The Healer's Calling: Women and Medicine in Early New England.

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