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Author Chamberlain, Mary, 1947-

Title Old wives' tales : their history, remedies, and spells / Mary Chamberlain
Published London : Virago, 1981


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Description 284 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents Introduction -- From Goddess to Sorceress: women healers in Assyria, Egypt, Greece, and Rome -- From Sorceress to Witch: the old wife in medieval Europe and seventeenth-century England -- From Expert to Charlatan: the old wife and the medical profession in eighteenth-century England -- Alternatives for the Sick: the old wife and the sick poor in nineteenth and twentieth century England -- Conclusions: perspectives on the medical profession and the old wife -- Introduction to Remedies -- Remedies -- Index
Analysis Folk medicine Remedies to 1800 Collections
Folk medicine Role of women to 1980
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages [270]-276
Subject Traditional medicine -- England.
Midwives -- History.
Midwives -- England -- History.
Traditional medicine -- History.
Women healers -- History.
Women healers -- England -- History.
Women in medicine -- History.
Women -- England -- Folklore.
Medicine, Traditional.
Genre/Form Folklore.
LC no. 81170587
ISBN 0860680150
0860680169 (paperback)