[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
Citations 0
Books, Journals, New Media
May 13, 1998

Folk RemediesHoney, Mud, Maggots, and Other Medical Marvels: The Science Behind Folk Remedies and Old Wives' Tales

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


Not Available

JAMA. 1998;279(18):1494. doi:10.1001/jama.279.18.1494-JBK0513-2-1

The history of medicine includes many ludicrous therapies. Mineral baths, which now seem therapeutically futile, were once popular enough to leave us with the remains of luxurious "health spas" in Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States. Bloodletting, practiced well into the 19th century, now seems injurious and barbarous. Here is a book that reviews these and an assortment of other once popular therapies and offers an insightful and entertaining commentary on how they may have sometimes been useful to patients. Honey, Mud, Maggots, and Other Medical Marvels also makes clear that in some cases, such as honey or sugar pastes to treat pressure sores, a folk remedy may still be the most affordable and effective treatment available.

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview