If you are unfamiliar with the Archives Information Circulars (or the AICs, as they are sometimes known), they are essays written by members of the Archives staff on a specific subject of research. They also serve as guides to the materials in our collections relating to that subject. Currently there are nineteen circulars available online that cover everything from: colonial records, marriage bonds in North Carolina, African-American resources, Tennessee records available in our collections, records relating to Native Americans, and materials that show North Carolina’s contributions to various war efforts.
The circulars are available in PDF format and are maintained by our Public Services Branch, the same unit that runs our Search Room and responds to requests for copies or research. Please visit the Services page for a complete list of Archives Information Circulars.
The Cherokee Physician, or Indian Guide to Health, as given by Richard Forman, a Cherokee Doctor; Comprising a Brief View of Anatomy, with General Rules for Preserving Health Without the Use of Medicines. The Diseases of the U. States, With Their Symptoms, Causes, and Means of Prevention, are Treated on in a Satisfactory Manner. It also Contains a Description of a Variety of Herbs and Roots, Many of Which are not Explained in any Other Book, and Their Medical Virtues Have Hitherto Been Unknown to Whites; to Which is Added a Short Dispensatory by James W. Mahoney
As the title implies, The Cherokee Physician… was published to be a practical guide to medical remedies. The book is broken up into three sections: part one is on the human anatomy and general rules of illness prevention; part two contains descriptions of different diseases and their treatments; and part three has a list of botanical remedies used by the Cherokee.