The author, Anthony Cavender is professor of anthropology at East Tennessee State University.
From the publisher:
"In the first comprehensive exploration of the history and practice of folk medicine in the Appalachian region, Anthony Cavender melds folklore, medical anthropology, and Appalachian history and draws extensively on oral histories and archival sources from the nineteenth century to the present. He provides a complete tour of ailments and folk treatments organized by body systems, as well as information on medicinal plants, patent medicines, and magico-religious beliefs and practices. He investigates folk healers and their methods, profiling three living practitioners: an herbalist, a faith healer, and a Native American healer. The book also includes an appendix of botanicals and a glossary of folk medical terms."
Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2003. 266 pages with an Index, Bibliography, Notes, Glossary, Appendices and photos.