Magic Or Medicine?

An Investigation of Healing and Healers

Author: Rob Buckman,Karl Sabbagh

Publisher: N.A


Category: Alternative medicine

Page: 261

View: 8921


Murder, Magic, and Medicine

Author: J. Mann

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198507444

Category: Medical

Page: 256

View: 8849


People have always been curious about the plants and animals with which they coexist. Primitive cultures identified edible and poisonous plants largely by trial and error, and then used them for hunting, executions, euthanasia, and magico-religious rites, as well as for their medicinal properties. In this fascinating book, John Mann investigates the evolution of modern medicine from its roots in folk medicine, and reveals the continuing importance of natural plant and animal products, many of which remain undiscovered but under threat by the wholesale destruction of the Earth's wild places. In this new edition, he has updated the material to include discussion of the background to some of the most talked-about drugs of recent years, including Prozac and Viagra. 'This is an erudite treasure trove in which each page sparkles with a concoction of historical anecdote and scientific revelation.' The Good Book Guide 'The book is peppered throughout with the legend, superstition and science of bygone ages, and interesting reading they make.' New Scientist 'This highly entertaining account investigates the evolution of modern medicines. ...Professor Mann does it with great style.' The Lancet '... an excellent introductory text for those not liable to dizziness as they jump from one culture to another, or one century to the next. ' Nature '... provides intelligent material for those advocating conservation of our global plant resources because of their potentially important reservoir of therapeutically active chemicals for animal and human disease.' The Times Higher Education Supplement 'Delightfully rich... buy and read Mann's wonderful book.' Chemical and Engineering News

Magic and Medicine

Author: Rebecca Stefoff

Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 1627125159

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 1282


Magic is an art form that effects events by using mysterious or supernatural forces. Much of magic is rooted in tricking the viewer to look elsewhere while the effect, or trick, is performed. Medicine is rooted in science and is the practice of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. This book on magic and medicine shows the scientific method at work. it explores a branch of modern science or a major scientific milestone, comparing and contrasting it with an older idea that has been proved wrong or fails to meet the strict and studied standards of science.

Mummies, Magic and Medicine in Ancient Egypt

Multidisciplinary Essays for Rosalie David

Author: Campbell Price,Roger Forshaw,Andrew Chamberlain,Paul Nicholson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1784997943

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

View: 690


This volume, published in honour of Egyptologist Prof. Rosalie David OBE, presents the latest research on three of the most important aspects of ancient Egyptian civilisation: mummies, magic and medical practice. Drawing on recent archaeological fieldwork, new research on Egyptian human remains, reassessments of ancient Egyptian texts and modern experimental archaeology, these essays try to answer some of Egyptology's biggest questions: How did Tutankhamun die? How were the Pyramids built? How were mummies made? A number of leading experts in their fields combine both traditional Egyptology and innovative scientific techniques to ancient material. The resulting overview presents the state of Egyptology in 2016, how it has developed over the last forty years, and how many of its big questions still remain the same.

Kings, Magic, and Medicine

Author: Daryl Peavy


ISBN: 0557183707

Category: History

Page: 232

View: 993


The dynamics of Traditional African Medicine/Magic, kings, mystical warriors,and priests on the rise of the Great Benin empire.

Ancient Celtic Myth, Magic, and Medicine

Author: Jonathan Klemens, FSA Scot

Publisher: BookRix

ISBN: 386479787X

Category: Reference

Page: 8

View: 3923


Essay on ancient Celtic medicine and myth with emphasis on the Druids in Britain. Discussion of herbs, trees, ansd sacred animals used by shamans.

Magic, Miracles, and Medicine

Author: Zachary B. Friedenberg

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1453580336

Category: History

Page: 174

View: 5692


MIRACLES, MAGIC, AND MEDICINE is a study of medical frustrationthe inability of the physician to dispense medicine that worked. Hundreds of biological medications were prescribed but no more than five or six actually improved the patients condition. As a result, patients turned to miracles, magicians, witch doctors, astrology, and the church. For almost a thousand years, the churchs answer to disease was prayer. Spirits, angels, and demons lurked everywhere. The Antichrist practiced witchcraft and sorcery, and soothsayers predicted the future. Flagellation was practiced, and magician with their smoke and mirrors, held sway. Among the Romans, cabbage was the cure for all disorders, and eating the herb dittany could extract an arrow. It was only with the age of science that effective medications were discovered. Those practicing witchcraft were accused of intimately consorting with the devil and his demons, even having sex with them.

Medicine, Magic and Religion

Author: W.H.R. Rivers

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134524544

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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One of the most fascinating men of his generation, W.H.R. Rivers was a British doctor and psychiatrist as well as a leading ethnologist. Immortalized as the hero of Pat Barker's award-winning Regeneration trilogy, Rivers was the clinician who, in the First World War, cared for the poet Siegfried Sassoon and other infantry officers injured on the western front. His researches into the borders of psychiatry, medicine and religion made him a prominent member of the British intelligentsia of the time, a friend of H.G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw and Bertrand Russell. Part of his appeal lay in an extraordinary intellect, mixed with a very real interest in his fellow man. Medicine, Magic and Religion is a prime example of this. A social institution, it is one of Rivers' finest works. In it, Rivers introduced the then revolutionary idea that indigenous practices are indeed rational, when viewed in terms of religious beliefs.

Magic and Mysticism

An Introduction to Western Esotericism

Author: Arthur Versluis

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742558366

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 179

View: 9536


Provides overview, from antiquity onwards, on various Western religious esoteric movements. This book includes topics such as: alchemy, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy and more.

Toy Soldier

Author: Jaden Sinclair


ISBN: 1612357644

Category: Fiction

Page: 104

View: 9769


His kingdom stolen, banished to another world, prince Cleto of Eltora is trapped in the casing of a toy soldier for several years. Unable to use his magic to free himself he is lost, but not forgotten. Clair Meloni is what some might call hopeless. She's been battling illness for the last several years and her only family member is gone, so what is a girl to really do when she's alone in the world? Going home seems like a good idea. She arrives at her home and enters a room she'd been forbidden to ever enter. Never did she think that by lighting a fire would she free a prince from another world. Is it a dream or is it real? Only time will tell. But will time be on her side to see how her dream ends?

Murder, Magic, and Medicine

Author: John Mann

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198558545

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 232

View: 3705


This absorbing account of the evolution of modern medicine from its roots in folk medicine will entertain and inform both scientist and general reader alike. It explains the chemical basis of pharmacology, and provides a fascinating description of how the use and abuse of natural products in various societies throughout the ages has led to the development of many of the drugs we now take for granted.

Plains of the Past

Book II of the Elder Earth Saga

Author: Ian Clark

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1469726432

Category: Fiction

Page: 248

View: 2148


The exciting conclusion to the Elder Earth Saga that began in Prophecy of Shadows! The outcast warrior known as K'het tracks the immortal necromancer responsible for the murder of his mother and best friend. The old wizard has journeyed to the Plains of the Past, seeking to put an end to all living things on Elder Earth itself by reuniting the Geminus, one being of pure light, the other of pure shadow. The union of these exiled creatures will cause a cataclysm that would scorch the very heavens and leave all of Elder Earth a barren wasteland. K'het's path will take him through tests of the mind and body in a land where magical energies are still at play and legendary beasts still roam. K'het seeks the aid of allies in the elf kingdom of Tanglewood Forest. He will need their wisdom to catch the necromancer in time and face his destiny.

The Sorcerer's Companion

A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter, Third Edition

Author: Allan Zola Kronzek,Elizabeth Kronzek

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

ISBN: 0307885143

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

View: 4048


The New York Times bestseller, now fully updated to include the complete seven-volume series. Who was the real Nicholas Flamel? How did the Sorcerer’s Stone get its power? Did J. K. Rowling dream up the terrifying basilisk, the seductive veela, or the vicious grindylow? And if she didn’t, who did? Millions of readers around the world have been enchanted by the magical world of wizardry, spells, and mythical beasts inhabited by Harry Potter and his friends. But what most readers don’t know is that there is a centuries-old trove of true history, folklore, and mythology behind Harry’s fantastic universe. Now, with The Sorcerer’s Companion, those without access to the Hogwarts Library can school themselves in the fascinating reality behind J. K. Rowling’s world of magic. Newly updated to include Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Sorcerer’s Companion allows curious readers to look up anything magical from the Harry Potter books and discover a wealth of entertaining, unexpected information. Wands and wizards, boggarts and broomsticks, hippogriffs and herbology, all have astonishing histories rooted in legend, literature, or real-life events dating back hundreds or even thousands of years. Magic wands, like those sold in Rowling’s Diagon Alley, were once fashioned by Druid sorcerers out of their sacred yew trees. Love potions were first concocted in ancient Greece and Egypt. And books of spells and curses were highly popular during the Middle Ages. From Amulets to Zombies, you’ll also learn: • how to read tea leaves • where to find a basilisk today • how King Frederick II of Denmark financed a war with a unicorn horn • who the real Merlin was • how to safely harvest mandrake root • who wore the first invisibility cloak • how to get rid of a goblin • why owls were feared in the ancient world • what really lies beyond the Veil • the origins of our modern-day “bogeyman,” and more. A spellbinding tour of Harry’s captivating world, The Sorcerer’s Companion is a must for every Potter aficionado’s bookshelf. The Sorcerer's Companion has not been prepared, approved, or licensed by any person or entity that created, published, or produced the Harry Potter books or related properties.

Taste of Darkness

Author: Maria V. Snyder

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1460323726

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 6467


She's fought death and won. But how can she fight her fears? Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he's gone forever. But there's a more immediate threat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry's healing powers are needed now more than ever. Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision….

Fact and Faith

Coming to Grips with Miracles in the New Testament

Author: David L. Bartlett

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1556355726

Category: Religion

Page: 144

View: 9397


How shall we interpret the stories of miracles, particularly the resurrection, in this secular age? The author calls us to look beyond the fact of a miracle to faith in what the miracle means. To do this, he tells us, we must first of all try to understand what actually happened in history. However, he warns us that merely knowing what happened will not necessarily lead to vital Christian faith. In developing his theme, the author discusses the way in which each of the Four Gospels presents miracles, the meaning of exorcism in the New Testament and today, and the significance of the resurrection accounts. Throughout, the author suggests significant themes for preaching.

Melothesia in Babylonia

Medicine, Magic, and Astrology in the Ancient Near East

Author: Markham Judah Geller

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 1614516936

Category: Religion

Page: 112

View: 2109


This book examines the Babylonian background of melothesia, the science of charting zodiac influences on the human body, which transformed older divination by connecting astrology with medical techniques. Special attention is given to a text from late-5th-century Uruk, which is argued to be an important representative of this new approach to the healing arts, previously only known from Greek and medieval astrology.

Animism, Magic, and the Divine King

Author: Giza Rsheim

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 1596053879

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 412

View: 2346


If the ancient kingdom of Sumer was the due of the serpent or bull hero who defeated the old serpent or bull and had access to the Divine Mother we can understand why her love appears to be a dangerous boon in later ages. For year by year the chosen of Ishtar has to encounter a foe of his own blood and one of the two "bulls" is dispatched to the country without return. -from "The Divine King" Thoroughly fascinating and totally engrossing, this 1930 work is an exploration of myth and magic in ancient cultures and how they tapped into the most elemental of human experiences-sex, death, tribalism, and war-to lay the foundations of modern religion, contemporary politics, and even the tradition of scientific inquiry. Armchair anthropologists, readers of comparative mythology, and anyone interested in the fundamental basis of the human subconscious will find this book extraordinarily enlightening. Hungarian anthropologist GZA RHEIM (1891-1953) was the first professor of anthropology at the University of Budapest, a position he held from 1919 to 1938, when he fled to the United States to escape the unrest of Europe just prior to World War II. He is also the author of The Riddle of the Sphinx (1934), The Origin and Function of Culture (1943), The Eternal Ones of the Dream (1945), and The Gates of the Dream (1952).