THE CHEROKEE PHYSICIAN, OR INDIAN GUIDE TO HEALTH, AS GIVEN BY
RICHARD FOREMAN, A CHEROKEE DOCTOR;
COMPRISING A BRIEF VIEW OF ANATOMY, WITH GENERAL RULES FOR PRESERVING HEALTH WITHOUT THE USE OF MEDICINES. THE DISEASES OF THE U. STATES, WITH THEIR SYMPTOMS, CAUSES, AND MEANS OF PREVENTION, ARE TREATED ON IN A SATISFACTORY MANNER.
IT ALSO CONTAINS A DESCRIPTION OF A VARIETY OF HERBS AND ROOTS, MANY OF WHICH ARE NOT EXPLAINED IN ANY OTHER BOOK, AND THEIR MEDICAL VIRTUES HAVE HITHER TO BEEN UNKNOWN TO THE WHITES; TO WHICH IS ADDED A SHORT STORY.
This book was written in 1845 and published in 1849. It’s available today as a download having been transcribed and scanned by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
This book not only includes disease descriptions and treatments, but also plants and herbs, where to find them and how to utilize them for treating various diseases.
Thanks to El for this link.
What a treasure!
Do we have any idea how many were printed or how they were distributed?
I have to wonder if the publication of this book didn’t start or at least fuel the “Indian Medicine Man” scam that was well established in the US by the end of the Civil War. Anyone that could read would be able to teach themselves enough to convince the public they knew what they were talking about and perhaps build some credibility by helping a few sufferers. I am talking about the white men with few scruples and not real Native People who made a living providing a medical service to non-Native people.
1st edition was published 1846 by the Gazette (and was the first book printed by the Gazette) in Chattanooga, TN. 2nd edition was printed in 1849 in North Carolina, 3rd edition in New York,1857. There are two 1st editions known and are in the Special Collections Department at two Universities. I have, probably, the only other privately owned 1st edition and am currently hoping the National Archives Museum , David M. Rubenstein Gallery will acquire it. It have been in our family since the mid 50’s.
i also have a first editon of this book complete with front and back covers printed at the gazette. it also has the errors page printed in the back
Glad to hear another one survived. One of the 1st editions in the Special Collections Department (forgot which library) is out for restoration as it has no covers and the binding was whipped-stitched together through the entire pages of the book. Saving history one at a time.
I have one of the first editions