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J Ethnobiol Ethnomed. 2010 Sep 18;6:27. doi: 10.1186/1746-4269-6-27.

Folk medicine used to heal malaria in Calabria (southern Italy).

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  • 1Istituto di Scienze Neurologiche-CNR, Contrada Burga 87050 Mangone, Cosenza, Italy. g.tagarelli@isn.cnr.it

Abstract

In Italy, malaria was an endemic disease that was eradicated by the mid-20th century. This paper evaluates the prophylactic and therapeutic remedies used by folk medicine to cure malaria in Calabria (southern Italy).The data has been collected by analysing works of physicians, ethnographers, folklorists and specialists of the study of Calabrian history between the end of the 19th century and the 20th century. The data collected have allowed us to describe the most common cures used by the Calabrian people to treat malaria and the most evident symptoms of this disease, such as intermittent fever, hepato-spleenomegaly, asthenia and dropsy. This approach uncovered a heterogeneous corpus of empirical, magical and religious remedies, which the authors have investigated as evidences of past "expert medicine" and to verify their real effectiveness in the treatment of malaria.

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