A Collection of Folk Medicine and Related Stories, 1971  PDF

Overview of the Collection

A Collection of Folk Medicine and Related Stories
1971 (inclusive)
0.02 linear feet
Collection Number
Mary R. Caldwell was a student of folklore at the University of Oregon. This collection includes an essay and fieldwork documentation relating to this student's folklore fieldwork project.
University of Oregon, Archives of Northwest Folklore
1287 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Telephone: 541-346-3925
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for access in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.

Publication of this finding aid was supported in whole or part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by Oregon State Library.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Collection includes project release form signed by the collector.

Restrictions on Use

Collection is open for use in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Master sheetReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Folklore textsReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Container(s) Description
Folk medicine
One cure for felonies or perinichias
One poultice for pneumonia or stomach pains
Use of "asphididi bag"
Apply leeches to hemotomas to reduce them
One way to clean out infected wounds
One cure for insanity or personality changes
Relief pain of a bee or wasp sting
One way of removing warts
One way of relieving menstrual cramps
One way of preventing disease
Copper wire to ward off rheumatism
Surgeon asks student nurse for left-handed hemostat, which doesn't really exist
Two short accounts of a student nurse using urinals for flower vases
Decorating nurses station
Short account of deposing of a basin of bath water out the hospital window
Student nurse being sent to morgue to place dentures in mouth of a deceased patient.
Story of student nurse being asked to feed a difficult patient
Inexperienced orderly runs from morgue after hearing air expressed from the lungs of a deceased patient
Shaving a baby's head while preparing his mother for delivery
Visitors bring bottles of Listerine filled with Bourbon to patients
A medical student's prank in the anatomy laboratory
Humorous account of an obstetrician believing that the time of birth corresponds exactly with the time of conception
Student nurse searches for "eustachian tube"
Account of searching for "two fallopian tubes"
Folk speech
Two physician terms: "Having a fecalet in his circle of willis", "PMB" (Poor Miserable Bastard)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • folk medicine
  • folk narratives
  • folk speech
  • Hospitals
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • practical jokes
  • ritual
  • Surgeons and other hospital personnel
  • Personal Names :
  • Caldwell, Mary R.
  • Newton, Ann
  • Richardson, Louise
  • Schmidt, Judy
  • Sutherland, Bernice
  • Geographical Names :
  • Cottage Grove (Or.)
  • Creswell (Or.)
  • Eugene (Or.)
  • Idaho
  • Minnesota
  • Pennsylvania
  • Portland (Or.)
  • Roseburg (Or.)
  • Salem (Or.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Fieldwork project