A CORDIALL WATER by M. F. K. Fisher

A CORDIALL WATER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A collection, derived from cookery books, herbals receipt books, first-hand knowledge and second hand reports, of popular and often peculiar nostrums, offers a wide range of ingredients as well as complaints to be prevented or cured and relates the foolishness to the faith and the common concerns of illness and health. Underlining animals' instinctive use of natural elements and man's adoption of these practices, this displays the many remedies -- and cures -- for colds and coughs, hangovers, asthma, insect bites and bleeding, warts, dropsy, etc.; it tells of diuretics, purgatives, tonics, reducing measures, potables both potent and soothing, excitants, enemas -- and more. While the author approves of those she has tried -- or witnessed, she does not insist that all the ""folk medicine"" he practised; she is instead delighted and amazed at the extent of people's odd, intuitive and inherited beliefs. For those who remember the attractive qualities of her a and its successors, this will renew the pleasure of her company on an unhackneyed journey to the interior.....

Pub Date: Sept. 13th, 1961
Publisher: Little, Brown