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Folk Tradition and Folk Medicine in Scotland: The Writings of David Rorie

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 30 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1177
  1. Colin Douglas

    Ed David Buchan Canongate Academic, pounds sterling 20, pp 317 ISBN 0-898410-01-1

    Folk Tradition and Folk Medicine in Scotland, edited by a Canadian folklorist, brings together essays, articles, occasional pieces, and an MD thesis by one of Scottish medicine's more remarkable characters.

    David Rorie, who graduated from Edinburgh in 1890, worked for 10 years in general practice in the Fife coalfield and for more than 20 in rural Aberdeenshire, acquiring a huge and curious store of knowledge of his patients' various beliefs concerning health, disease, and much else. He was a student as well as a collector of …

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