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Medicine and Health
  • Authored by: Emory Dean Keoke and Kay Marie Porterfield
  • From the Series: American Indian Contributions to the World
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816053960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5396-4
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 01/01/2005
  • Dewey Number: 610
  • Reading Level: Grades 5-8
  • Pages: 160


Medicine and Health covers the many contributions American Indians have made to the world in these areas. Early Native peoples learned which plants and animals provided them with the best nutrition. They invented treatments for their illnesses, performed operations on people—including brain surgery and skin grafts—and used antiseptics to prevent infection. In many ways, their medical and health practices were ahead of those of Europeans when settlers first came to the Americas. These ancient American Indian medical discoveries continue to save lives today.


Black-and-white photographs, illustrations, and maps. Glossary. Timelines. Further reading list. Box features. List of tribes. Index.

About the Author(s)

Emory Dean Keoke is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. He received a B.A. in Indian studies and a B.S. in nursing and has worked as a multicultural relations and communications consultant.

Kay Marie Porterfield is an award-winning writer with more than 20 years of experience. She received a B.A. in English and an M.A.Ed. in counseling. She is the author of 12 books, has worked as a reporter for Indian Country Today, and is the winner of a 1996 South Dakota Press Association Award and a 2003 Artist Fellowship Award in creative nonfiction.

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