Posted by Ann on August 23, 1997 at 21:21:16:
In reply to Re: Is this what Lizzy and Jane were doing? posted by Lesley on August 23, 1997 at 01:13:13
] Elissa, about a year ago I wrote a paper about medicinal plants. One of the things that I learned was how old the tradition of "doctor mom" actually was. This tradition of the still room extends back until at least the medieval era when castles and other great houses were small self suficient communities. If the woman's husband were a great lord, most of his minions were dependent on her medical care.
Of course the witch-hunts discouraged this practice! The hunts were mostly an attempt by the male medical practitioners to get rid of the women who were taking away their business. Thus women who were able to cure people were labeled as witches.
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