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Irish Folk Medicine [Paperback]

Patrick Logan
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28 April 2010
Folk medicine was long practised in Ireland and has not yet completely died out. In some respects it has blended into the 'New Age' interest in natural treatments and holistic medicine. But folk medicine, particularly before the rise of medical science in the nineteenth century, was always a curious blend of common-sense and practical observation, and of useless or even nonsensical cures. To cure a child of dropsy by tying it up in a rope used to hang an innocent man was not likely to help; nor did sheep droppings boiled in milk help much with whooping cough.

Dr Patrick Logan traces a comprehensive range of 'country cures' both for people and animals, practised in Ireland throughout the centuries. Some clearly go back to early or pre-Christian times and beliefs. Others are much more recent and often perpetuate practices discarded by 'official' medicine. The entire book is a striking testimony to human ingenuity, optimism and endurance. The great mass of the population had no access to a doctor; the local wise woman or bonesetter was the only hope.

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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Appletree Press Ltd (28 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847581404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847581402
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,013,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars An authentic introduction to a fascinating topic 28 Feb 2014
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So many books glut the market professing to provide access into the world of 'ancient Celtic healing' or 'druidic herbalism.' This lovely book by Patrick Logan provides authentic information about actual folk medicine and healing traditions from Ireland, and is a welcome respite to the fabricated notions and non-Celtic-related traditions which are all too prevalent. Herbal cures, and many other aspects of the tradition are covered clearly and respectfully, and make so many other books on the topic obsolete. Highly recommended!
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