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By David E. Allen, Gabrielle Hatfield

ISBN-10: 0881926388

ISBN-13: 9780881926385

Assembled by way of of the main distinct botanical and ethnological students in Britain, this publication chronicles the medicinal makes use of of greater than four hundred species utilized by the apparent folks of england and eire. The heritage of those plants’ usages has been mined from wealthy firsthand bills captured via surveys, from greater than a thousand manuscript volumes of the Irish Folklore fee, and from just about three hundred different released and unpublished assets. The e-book contains selected illustrations from herbals resembling these by means of Bock, Fuchs, and Brunfels, and a range of colour images through Deni Bown.

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However, that geographical distribution and the large scale of the gathering suggest a commercial impetus behind this, and even if it had genuinely a folk origin, the potion may have been a late import and not indigenous to Britain at all. Similarly, because so many of the herbals long recommended the fronds for healing wounds and cuts, it is hard to feel confident that the plant’s use for that purpose in Lincolnshire17 (other records18–20 are unlocalised as well as vague or ambiguous) was other than a borrowing from that source.

Moore MS 68. IFC S 190: 171 69. IFC S 5: 163 70. IFC S 1090: 439 71. Carmichael, ii, 276: McDonald 72. Beith 73. Ó Síocháin 74. Martin 75. Shaw, 48 76. Folk-lore, 34 (1923), 91 77. IFC S 190: 170, 172 78. Martin, 267 79. Macdonald 80. Simpkins 81. Hatfield, 26 82. Warner   Bryophytes, Lichens, Algae and Fungi 83. Withering 1787–92, 767 84. Swanton 85. Swanton 86. Swanton; Sussex County Magazine, no. 6 (1932), 709 87. IFC S 22: 119 88. Dillenius, 25 89. R. Watling, in litt. 90. Davies 1813, 117 91.

The only sensible course has seemed to be to repeat the terms as they appear in the records 38 Names of Ailments themselves, confining attempts at translation to those that are archaic and have a recognised modern synonym. All too often, unfortunately, folk records have been mediated through practitioners of official medicine or pharmacy, who have placed their own sophisticated interpretations on the ailments in question when reporting them. This may well have led to an element of distortion. Allegedly folk records of complaints such as diabetes sound particularly suspicious, though it is always possible that a genuinely folk remedy has been used before or after diagnosis by a physician.

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