This book combines a positivist analysis of how Spiritualist cures heal with the experiential aspects of the healing process. This is done by providing patients' perceptions and narratives of their sickness and its alleviation. Thus, the book provides "thick description" as well as a scientific analysis of Spiritualist beliefs and practices. By so doing, Spiritualist understandings are translated into our western comprehensions of the healing process, using physiological, psychological, cultural and sociological paradigms.
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There has been a surge of interest in alternative healing in the United States as evidenced by the National Institutes of Health's opening the Office of Alternative Medicine in 1993 to promote studies of alternative medical practices and their efficacy. Sheffield is pleased to offer this text for adoption consideration in courses at the college level in medical anthropology.From the Author:
This work identifies not only the culture-bound syndromes that are usually regarded as the domain of traditional healers, but also the specific symptomatologies for which patients seek treatment from the healers. Moreover, we learn about different kinds of patients seeking treatments from traditional healers, disclosing the often overlooked tact that traditional healers do not treat and undifferentiated mass of the "folk." While my concern at the time was with issues relating to the healing process and efficacy of traditional healing, the book reveals the important role women play in alternative healing.
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Book Description Praeger Publishers Inc, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0030639123