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Mystic Healers and Medicine Shows: Blazing Trails to Wellness in the Old West and Beyond Gene   Fowler

Mystic Healers and Medicine Shows: Blazing Trails to Wellness in the Old West and Beyond

Gene Fowler

Published May 28th 1997
ISBN : 9780941270946
Hardcover
208 pages
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 About the Book 

Most of the histories of the West are obsessed with the shoot-em-ups. But what about the patch-em-ups? Who had to deal with all that famous carnage? With all the bloodletting depicted by pop culture historians, it almost seems a miracle anyoneMoreMost of the histories of the West are obsessed with the shoot-em-ups. But what about the patch-em-ups? Who had to deal with all that famous carnage? With all the bloodletting depicted by pop culture historians, it almost seems a miracle anyone survived to settle the West. Prior to World War II regular, or allopathic, physicians trained in mainstream medicine were often outnumbered by alternative practitioners--folk curers, herbalists, faith healers, homeopaths, patent medicine promoters, and medicine showmen. Mystic Healers and Medicine Shows profiles many of the most significant of these healers as well as a few other colorful regular doctors.