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January 4, 1936

The Medicine-Man of the American Indian and His Cultural Background

JAMA. 1936;106(1):70-71. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770010072038

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The author of this volume is a distinguished dermatologist who has selected as a hobby the life and culture of the American Indian. While the title of his book is "The Medicine-Man," the book is in no sense of the word a medical book, for it must be understood that the medicine-man of the Indian was much more the priest than he was the physician. Thus it becomes necessary for Dr. Corlett to discuss the origin and culture of the Indian medicine-men and priests of the various North American and South American tribes. Then he devotes one section of his book to child bearing, and another to foods and materia medica of the Indians. The book is beautifully printed and handsomely illustrated, supplemented by a good bibliography and an index, and all together is a fine volume as a gift to any one whose interest lies in our aboriginal peoples.

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