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October 6, 1883


JAMA. 1883;I(13):401-402. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390130021009

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Mr. Editor:  —A former number of this Journal contained a very interesting article from Dr. F. Andros, of Mitchell, Dakota, on the Medical and Surgical Lore of the Winnebago and Sioux Indians. In the following paper he continues the subject, with the addition of some points of Indian mythology, connected with their medical theories.One of his observations as to what were the theological ideas of the Winnebagoes before they were much modified by the ideas of the whites, will interest ethnological scientists. The latter have of late been discussing the question whether the Great Spirit, called by the Chippawas Sha Monedo, was an original idea of the natives, or a modern notion introduced by the missionaries. Dr. Andros was a member of the sacred lodge at an early time, when it would probably not be difficult to distinguish new imported ideas from aboriginal ones.His impression is that the

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