Richard Bark Foreman was the son of a Scottish trader and his Cherokee wife. He was born in 1790 in Bradley County, Tennessee, and died in 1879 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He served the
Cherokee as a native healer. Even less is known of James W. Mahoney except from a sketch in print of his son who was born in Jefferson County, Tennessee, in 1839, and became a Confederate officer. Dr. Mahoney practiced in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Arkansas where he contacted Richard Bark Foreman and wrote down his practices and published them in a book. Part One consists of short chapters which illuminate how Richard Bark Foreman viewed the various parts of the human anatomy. Part II focuses on ailments with brief passages on how Foreman treated them, and part III covers the herbs he used and their purposes. A copy of the original edition recently sold for $1,000, and the U.N.C. Library chose this as one of their historic titles that warranted a reprint edition.
Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library, a 2018 reprint of an 1849 release. 350 pages with the original Index and Glossary. Trade paperback