Posts Tagged ‘medicine’

Pentagram Pizza: Toppings Begone!

¶ The Roman Catholic Church in the United States reports a shortage of exorcists, says a British newspaper. In lengthy interviews with The Telegraph, the two exorcists discuss how the increase in drug and pornography addiction, failure of the mental healthcare system and a rise in popularity of “pagan activities”, such as using a Ouija […]

After Decades, Legitimate LSD Therapy

Long, long ago, in other words, the 1960s, some psychiatrists and others were interested in the therapeutic potential of LSD, after the Central Intelligence had pretty well decided that it was useless for making spies confess. There were two approaches to LSD back then. One was more cautious — it should be distributed quietly to […]

Free Articles in Ethnobotany, Ethnomedicine

The Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine has an archive of downloadable articles, including this one, “Down Deep in the Holler [sic]: Chasing Seeds and Stories in Southern Appalachia” (link is to PDF file). Interesting material from all over the world.

The Nurse as Psychopomp, or Maybe Not So Much

Nurses. Some just do the job. Others are more adventurous and open-minded, experimenting with “therapeutic touch,” various types of counseling, shamanic work, or even sending the recently deceased to Hell or (in theory)  to the compost pile.

Ring-Dancing Monkeys and Black Death Rubbish

At Got Medieval, Carl Pyrdrum re-debunks the persistent, authentic-sounding story that the nursery rhyme “Ring around the Rosies” has anything whatsoever to do with the Black Death of the 1340s. It does not. As any good English plague survivor********** could tell you, the plague was caused by sin and best warded off by extreme piety […]