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This guide provides a starting point for locating resources related to history of traditional medicine in the United States. For any research questions, please email Melissa Grafe using the links in the box on the right.
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Background sources (or “reference” works) are great places to start. Reference works include scholarly encyclopedias, handbooks, scholarly “companions," and similar sources that contain essays providing background information on a topic and overviews of the relevant scholarship. Citations to the secondary literature will always be included, and often so too will citations to primary sources. Here are some of these recommended resources:
Many annotated bibliographies in a variety of fields, often with citations to both primary and secondary sources.
There are articles on "Buddhist Medicine" and "Traditional, Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine (TCAIM)," but be sure to search the whole database too, as you'll also often find relevant articles in other modules.
A useful collection of many handbooks, each with numerous articles. Browse and search for single chapters or whole books such as The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine.
A scholarly encyclopedia that is a great place to start your research. Each article has a "Discussion of the Literature" that usually has many recommendations for primary sources.
Articles include "Chinese Herb Doctors in the United States, 1850–1950."