I have had some people ask me for reading recommendations and so I am adding a primary source reading list to the website. I spent more time curating this list than I should have.
I struggle a little bit with deciding what you kind of have to read if you want a good introduction to historical practice while at the same time mixing things up a little and showcasing domestic practices through the centuries. I want you to get a grasp of how much medicine was made in the kitchen.
I also want you to see the differences and similarities between the early modern Materia medica I work with and the one a lot of you use today. The only time I am going to interject if I see something being “historicized” to market at you in a way that I think bears discussing.
I am not doing it because it is my “big chance to make a name for themselves by scaring people with half-baked theories.” I do it because I work with medical providers every day and safety is my primary concern, so I don’t care whom I make angry by stating my opinion.
Some of the books I link you to might have language that is unfamiliar to you. I already have some measurements and terms on a page here, but I also have spent putting together The Appendix. The Appendix is a direct descendent of the notes I keep while poking through my old texts and transcribing.
I might also use the Appendix to explain why I use certain language. For example, if you look at the Appendix you will find that “needleworker” is an old-fashioned term for a person who sewed clothing for a living, and I prefer to find gender neutral terms like this to use.
I update the Appendix pretty frequently because I remember something I need to add to it almost daily. It will be named sriley_appendix_version number, so you might want to check in to see if you have the latest version.