The Reformed Botanic and Indian Physician: A Complete Guide To Health

Utica, NY: Curtiss & White, 1855. First edition. Hardcover. Very scarce. First edition. 8vo. in blindstamped dark brown cloth with spine lettered in gilt. Frontispiece engraving of the human skeleton. 419 pp. plus two indexes. Eight small engravings of parts of the internal and skeletal anatomy in the prelimianry chapter on physiology and anatomy. A tight example, about very good with shallow chipping to the spine extremities and some wear to the cloth at the edges and tips. Important and early American guide to natural healing, based on Native American knowledge and tradition, using roots, plants, herbs, flowers, bark, etc. Extensive section of some 70 pages giving the common and Latin names of hundreds of such items and their medicinal uses. There follows a long section of recipes for the treatment of virtually every ailment, injuries, etc., and a guide for giving medicine. Concluding sections address the ailments of horses, cattle and poultry, a short chapter on making wine, beer, and etc. and some concluding remarks on hunting, fishing and catching game. The author was born in 1790 in the wilds of far northern New York State and was "...early initiated into the mode of treating diseases as practiced by the neighboring Aborigines..." He wrote and published this guide to health as a protest against the general use of "..syrups, salves, pills, powders, and ointments, any one of whioch is said to cure all diseases..." Very Good. Item #E18906

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