Medicine Across Cultures: History and Practice of Medicine by Helaine Selin, Hugh Shapiro

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By Helaine Selin, Hugh Shapiro

This paintings offers with the scientific wisdom and ideology of cultures open air of the U.S. and Europe. as well as articles surveying Islamic, chinese language, local American, Aboriginal Australian, Indian, Egyptian, and Tibetan medication, the ebook contains essays on evaluating chinese language and Western medication and faith and medication. every one essay is easily illustrated and comprises an intensive bibliography.

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Buxton, Jean. Religion and Healing in Mandari. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1973. Chavunduka, Gordon. Traditional Healers and the Shona patient. Gwelo: Mambo Press, 1978. Davis, Christopher O. Death in Abeyance: Illness and Therapy among the Tabwa of Central Africa. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2000. Dawson, Marc. ’ In The Social Basis of Health and Healing in Africa, Steven Feierman and John Janzen, eds. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992, pp. 90–103. Devisch, Rene. Weaving the Threads of Life: The Khita Gyn-Eco-Logical Healing Cult among the Yaka.

HEALTH IN THE SOCIAL FABRIC: SHRINE COMMUNITIES AND CULTS OF AFFLICTION The texture of society is extremely rich in sub-Saharan Africa. Social codes and the power of words are considered important to shaping health. A widespread verbal concept whose root is reconstructed as *-gidu- refers to the role of social prohibitions, taboos, and the consequences of their violation. This is mentioned with reference to the restriction on eating or killing one’s clan or individual totems and familiars. Other observers note that these prohibitions help individuals adhere to social codes in general, including health promoting restrictions on such things as over-consumption of alcohol, overeating, or health destroying excesses of any kind (Rwangabo, 1993).

The Politics of Divination: A Processual View of Reactions to Illness and Deviance among the Sisala of Northern Ghana. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982. Morris, Brian. ’ Anthropology and Medicine 5(1): 81–102, 1998. P. Theories of Illness. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1980. Murphy, E. History of African Civilization. New York: Dell Publishing, 1972. Ngubane, Harriet. Body and Mind in Zulu Medicine: An Ethnography of Health and Disease in Nyuswa-Zulu Thought and Practice.

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