|Southwestern Lunatic Asylum, ca. early 1890s|
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Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Honors Cultural Anthropology
My colleague, Dr. Melissa Schrift, and I are currently working on a history of the Southwestern Lunatic Asylum (now the Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute) in Marion, Virginia, focusing on the years from its founding in 1887 to 1935. I continue to explore various topics on ethnomedicine in southern Appalachia and Ecuador.
2014 A Vision Lost: Robert J. Preston and the Southwestern Lunatic Asylum, 1887-1906. Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 122:202-209
2011 (with Vivian Gonzales and Jorja Cummings) Curanderismo in Appalachia: The Use of Remedios Caseros among Latinos in Northeast Tennessee. Journal of Appalachian Studies 17:144-167.
2009 A Tennessee Folklore Sampler (edited w/ Ted Olson), Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press and Tennessee Folklore Society.
2009 Magical Plants Used by Curanderos in the Ecuador Highlands, Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 5(3). http://www.ethnobiomed.com/contents/5/3.
2006 Folk Medical Uses of Plant Foods in Southern Appalachia, USA, Journal of Ethnopharmacology , 108:74-84.
2003 Folk Medicine in Southern Appalachia, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
1996 (with Manuel Alban) Compulsory Medical Service in Ecuador: The Physician’s Perspective. Social Science and Medicine 47(12):1937-1946.
1996 Local Unorthodox Healers of Cancer in the Appalachian South. Journal of Community Health 21(5):359-374.
1994 (with Scott Beck) Generational Change, Folk Medicine, and Medical Self-Care in a Rural Appalachian Community. Human Organization 54(2):129-142.
1992 Theoretic Orientations and Folk Medicine Research in the Appalachian South. Southern Medical Journal 85(2):170-178.
1992 Folk Hematology in the Appalachian South. Journal of Folklore Research 29(1):23-36
1988 The Professionalization of Traditional Medicine in Zimbabwe. Human Organization 47(3):251-254.