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Searching for “paganism” in Medicine

Posted by Pagan Librarian on April 2, 2009

I’m doing a lot of catch up tonight for one of my classes… which includes getting familiar with OCLC and other online catalog/holding collection databases. Just learning about these things, my search skills are incredibly rudimentary at best… but that will come with time.

Anyway, just thought I’d share, I am now browsing through NLM (National Library of Medicine LocatorPlus which is a “searchable catalog of the National Library of Medicine collections. For all my searches tonight, I’ve kept it simple, just doing a basic keyword search with the word “paganism” just to see what comes up.

I honestly had no expectation that anything would come up in NLM, but lo- and behold, it did:

  • Transcultural healing : the whole human : healing systems under the influence of Abrahamic religions, eastern religions and beliefs, paganism, new religions, and mixed religious forms by Roland Werner.

Searching “pagan” in the medical database found a few interesting titles:

  • Healing : pagan and Christian by George Gordon Dawson (history of music; spiritual therapies)
  • Anglo-Saxon magic and medicine; illustrated specially from the semi-pagan text Lacnunga, by J. H. G. Grattan and Charles Singer (1952).
  • Abortion and the early church : Christian, Jewish and pagan attitudes in the Greco-Roman world by M.J. Gorman
  • Amulets and superstitions; the original texts with translations and descriptions of a long series of Egyptian, Sumerian, Assyrian, Hebrew, Christian, Gnostic and Muslim amulets and talismans and magical figures, with chapters on the evil eye, the origin of the amulet, the pentagon, the swăstika, the cross (pagan and Christian), the properties of stones, rings, divination, numbers, the Kabbâlâh, ancient astrology, etc., by Sir E. A. Wallis Budge. (1930).
  • The beauty of the primitive : shamanism and the Western imagination by Andrei A. Znamenski. (2007).

Not bad for not expecting much…! 🙂

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