This is by no means an exhaustive list of folk illnesses and medical terminology associated with the Ozark and Appalachian peoples. With the advent of the country doctor and quack medicine shows we also see the influence of “higher end” medical terms seen in books like The Complete Herbalist and The People’s Home Library upon the language of the common people. While these books weren’t really available to those in rural areas, they did help create the home remedy pamphlet that would have certainly been available to folks at the local drug store, and medical books like this also left their mark on the American Almanac, another staple of the hillman’s cabin. Terms like “apoplexy,” “dyspepsia,” “cholera morbus,” and “catarrh,” were rarely heard before the advent of the home medical books and the influence of more “modern” medical practices.
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