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Finding aid and full-text scan of paper and two transcripts (Click on "Additional Files" below) for Folklife Archives Project FA 593. Paper titled “Folk Medicine in the Mammoth Cave Area” written by Rachel Parsley for a folk studies class at Western Kentucky University. Parsley details folk remedies and folk medicine of the communities in the Mammoth Cave Region of south central Kentucky. Parsley’s research centers around interviews with her father, Andrew G. Parsley, Jr., and an Edmonson County resident, Bertha Skaggs, a well-known local practitioner of folk remedies. In addition to her interviews, Parsley relies on information collected by a number of other area residents and compiled into a pamphlet titled “Folk Medicine of the Mammoth Cave Area”, edited by Lynwood Montell, and first published in 1975.


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FA 593 PARSLEY Rachel #1.pdf (2547 kB)
Folk Medicine in the Mammoth Cave Area

FA 593 PARSLEY Rachel #4.pdf (3529 kB)
Interview with Andrew Parsley

FA 593 PARSLEY Rachel #7.pdf (1335 kB)
Interview with Bertha Skaggs