Patients and Healers in the Context of Culture

An Exploration of the Borderland Between Anthropology, Medicine, and Psychiatry

Author: Arthur Kleinman

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520045118

Category: Medical

Page: 427

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Kleinman, a psychiatrist, trained in anthropology, reports on his studies of health care in Taiwan. He describes his observations of clinical interviews between various medical practitioner, folk-healers, temple medicine men, and Chinese-style and Western-style physicians and their patients. He stress the importance of adopting the proper cultural perspective, making ones interpretations within that framework.


Extraordinary Clinicians at Work

Author: David Schenck,Larry Churchill

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199735387

Category: Medical

Page: 270

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Healing is often discussed but infrequently studied. Schenck and Churchill provide a systematic approach to the elements that make clinician-patient interactions themselves a source of healing, based on comprehensive interviews with 50 physicians and alternative practitioners. The authors present a compelling picture of how healing happens in the practices of extraordinary clinicians.

The Healers

Author: Lew Shields

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1553696948

Category: Fiction

Page: 263

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Three young people, of very different backgrounds, are indoctrinated into a religious / healing mission. How will they react to the mission and to the people that they help by bringing this holy gift, and to each other during the mission, and even after they return to normal lives?

The healers

Author: Robert F. Baldwin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780879738365

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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The Healers

Author: Thomas Heric

Publisher: BookPros, LLC

ISBN: 0982314078

Category: Fiction

Page: 567

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It's the year 2021. Medicine has become corporatized, and proprietary treatments are closely guarded secrets. The mysterious Aesculapian Healers offer complete cures of most illnesses with a money-back guarantee, but the outrageous fees have given them a reputation as medical pirates.When recent medical school graduate Wesley Anderson is approached to become a Healer, he reluctantly signs on, hoping to obtain a cure for his father's heart disease and a solution to his family's money troubles. But he soon discovers that there are dark secrets behind the brilliant cures. As Aesculapian practices become increasingly disturbing, a conflicted Wesley-torn between his conscience and the seduction of power-joins a group of dissidents. The atmosphere quickly becomes deadly as they uncover a plan involving human experimentation, and realize that the lives of millions hang in the balance.

Healers of 19th Century Nevada

A Compendium of Medical Practitioners

Author: Anton P. Sohn

Publisher: University of Nevada Press

ISBN: 9780964975927

Category: Medical

Page: 202

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The definitive book on frontier medical practitioners in the Silver State, providing history, anecdotes, and never-before-published letters that paint a vivid picture of the state of medicine in Nevada in the 1800s. Detailed chapters focus on civilian doctors and hospitals, Native American doctors, Chinese doctors, early female physicians, midwifery, and home remedies. Distributed for Greasewood Press.

Women as Healers

Cross-cultural Perspectives

Author: Carol Shepherd McClain

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813513706

Category: Medical

Page: 274

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In Women as Healers, thirteen contributors explore the intersection of feminist anthropology and medical anthropology in eleven case studies of women in traditional and emergent healing roles in diverse parts of the world. In a spectrum of healing roles ranging from family healers to shamans, diviner-mediums, and midwives, women throughout the world pursue strategic ends through healing, manipulate cultural images to effect cures and explain misfortune, and shape and are shaped by the social and political contexts in which they work. In an introductory chapter, Carol Shepherd McClain traces the evolution of ideas in medical anthropology and in the anthropology of women that have both constrained and expanded our understanding of the significance of gender to healing-one of the most fundamental and universal of human activities. The contributors include Carol Shepherd McClain, Ruthbeth Finerman, Carolyn Nordstrom, Carole H. Browner, William Wedenoja, Marjery Foz, Barbara Kerewsky-Halpern, Laurel Kendall, Merrill Signer, Roberto Garcia, Edward C. Green, Carolyn Sargent, and Margaret Reid.

Healers on Healing

Author: Richard Carlson,Benjamin Shield

Publisher: Tarcher


Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 205

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Discusses the healing process, the relationship between doctors and patients, consciousness, and spiritual aspects of healing

Women Healers and Physicians

Climbing a Long Hill

Author: Lilian R. Furst

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813158540

Category: Medical

Page: 272

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Women have traditionally been expected to tend the sick as part of their domestic duties; yet throughout history they have faced an uphill struggle to be accepted as healers outside the household. In this provocative anthology, twelve essays by historians and literary scholars explore the work of women as healers and physicians. The essays range across centuries, nations, and cultures to focus on the ideological and practical obstacles women have faced in the world of medicine. Each examines the situation of women healers in a particular time and place through cases that are emblematic of larger issues and controversies in that period. The stories presented here are typical of different but parallel facets of women's history in medicine. The first six concern the controversial relationship between magic and medicine and the perception that women healers can harm or enchant as well as cure. Women frequently were banished to the edges of medical practice because their spiritualism or unorthodoxy was considered a threat to conventional medicine. These chapters focus mainly on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance but also provide continuity to women healers in African American culture of our own time. The second six essays trace women healers' efforts to seek professional standing, first in fifth-century Greece and Rome and later, on a global scale, in the mid-nineteenth century. In addition to actual case studies from Germany, Russia, England, and Australia, these essays consider treatments of women doctors in American fiction and in the writings of Virginia Woolf. Women Healers and Physicians complements existing histories of women in medicine by drawing on varied historical and literary sources, filling gaps in our understanding of women healers and nulling social attitudes about them. Although the contributions differ dramatically, all retain a common focus and create a unique comparative picture of women's struggles to climb the long hill to acceptance in the medical profession.

The Yorùbá Traditional Healers of Nigeria

Author: Mary Olufunmilayo Adekson

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415945806

Category: Social Science

Page: 136

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This work examines the counseling approaches and techniques used by Yoruba traditional healers of Nigeria. It also describes the functions performed by Yoruba traditional healers when they work within the Yoruba cultural milieu. The information elicited from Yoruba traditional healers through videotape and interviews was analyzed by a Nigerian woman from the Yoruba ethnic group. The results of the volume support the premise that culture plays a significant role in the kind of healing methods and counseling techniques used by professionals and traditional healers, as well as in the type of professionals chosen by clients for consultation concerning their problems.

Multiple Medical Realities

Patients and Healers in Biomedical, Alternative, and Traditional Medicine

Author: Helle Johannessen,Imre Lazar

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781845450267

Category: Social Science

Page: 202

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Nowadays a plethora of treatment technologies is available to the consumer, each employing a variety of concepts of the body, self, sickness and healing. This volume explores the options, strategies and consequences that are both relevant and necessary for patients and practitioners who are manoeuvring this medical plurality. Although wideranging in scope and covering areas as diverse as India, Ecuador, Ghana and Norway, central to all contributions is the observation that technologies of healing are founded on socially learned and to some extent fluid experiences of body and self. Imre Lazargraduated as a medical doctor from Semmelweis University of Medicine and in 1999 became an expert of occupational medicine. He has a Master's Degree in Medical Anthropology from the Brunel University and a Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Since the foundation of the Institute of Behavioural Sciences at Semmelweis University, Lazar has been teaching in the Medical Anthropology department and in 2004 he became its head. He is also associate professor at the Institute of Communication and Social Sciences, K.roli G.sp.r University of Reformed Church, Budapest. Helle Johannessenhas a PhD in anthropology from University of Copenhagen and has done research and teaching in medical anthropology since the mid-1980s. She is currently associate professor at the Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, where she is head of a research unit and a PhD program for social studies in medicine. In her research she has studied medical pluralism in Denmark and Europe. She is currently involved with a comparative study of the use of complementary medicine among cancer patients in Denmark, Italy and India.

Wounded Healers & Reconciliation Fatigue

The Search for Social Justice & Sustainable Development in South Africa

Author: Bryan Mark Urbsaitis

Publisher: VDM

ISBN: 3639165047

Category: History

Page: 276

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How do NGOs' understandings of reconciliation differ from those of their clients within a larger project of national healing? How do staff at these NGOs balance remembering the past with nation-building and international development when they may be victims themselves? Why do certain groups and individuals continue to feel marginalized so long after liberation? And how might NGOs in South Africa constitute a reconciliation social movement? Wounded Healers argues that while South Africans have been reconciling apartheid-era abuses since 1994, ongoing reconciliation struggles of individuals must not be overlooked within the larger quest for national healing. Focusing on memorialization, missing persons, 30,000R reparation payouts, as well as on the continued oppression of marginalized identity based on culture, race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and HIV and AIDS, this ethnographic analysis will appeal to all those interested in post-conflict democratization, NGOs, international development, non-Western communication, conflict & peace-building, communication education, ethnography, cultural anthropology, activism, Africa, and anyone interested in global social justice.

Psychiatrists and Traditional Healers

Unwitting Partners in Global Mental Health

Author: Mario Incayawar,Ronald Wintrob,Lise Bouchard,Goffredo Bartocci

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470741061

Category: Medical

Page: 294

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This exceptional book responds to the intense current interest in defining and understanding the contribution of traditional medical knowledge and the intervention techniques of traditional healers to national mental health services around the world. First book on traditional healing and transcultural psychiatry Delineates the knowledge and clinical skills of traditional healers from diverse cultural areas around the world Describes the clinical and social roles of traditional healers in their communities and the challenges of constructing national mental health programs that include traditional knowledge and healing techniques Assesses issues on efficacy and safety of traditional healers' interventions Includes contributions from leading scholars in this field from South Africa, India, New Zealand, Andorra, Canada, USA, Italy, and the Quichua and Sioux Lakota Nations of South and North America Theme of culture versus science: The psychiatrists discuss the effects of local culture upon mental health and consider the impact, benefit and incorporation of traditional healing as a tool for the clinical psychiatrist. Easy to use with case studies and vignettes throughout and a glossary to explain any technical terms Psychiatrists and Traditional Healers: Unwitting Partners in Global Mental Health is a valuable addition to the bookshelf of a wide array of mental health trainees, researchers and professionals interested in cultural psychiatry in general and the role of traditional healers around the world.

Lucille and the Healers

Author: Anthony Burns

Publisher: Mushroom Publishing

ISBN: 1843198584

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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London, 1929 - It isn't easy being a fashionable flapper and emulating your silver screen heroines when you live in a poky East End terrace with your poor, widowed mother, your over-achieving sister, and such disreputable and drunken lodgers as you can find to help pay the bills, as sixteen-year-old Lucy "Lucille" Kitson can testify. However, their newest lodger - a young writer from the jazzy metropolis of New York - is far more to her liking, and it's only a shame that he has to be concealing a secret that makes him a marked man, and endangers all who befriend him. Pulled inexorably into a dark supernatural world, and into an even darker scientific one, Lucy Kitson finds her priorities and her survival equally challenged - hard lessons that she must endure if she is to help put an end to the "Healers," their murderous nocturnal predations, and their sinister designs that threaten the lives and souls of thousands.

Mesoamerican Healers

Author: Brad R. Huber,Alan R. Sandstrom

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 029277964X

Category: Social Science

Page: 419

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Healing practices in Mesoamerica span a wide range, from traditional folk medicine with roots reaching back into the prehispanic era to westernized biomedicine. These sometimes cooperating, sometimes competing practices have attracted attention from researchers and the public alike, as interest in alternative medicine and holistic healing continues to grow. Responding to this interest, the essays in this book offer a comprehensive, state-of-the-art survey of Mesoamerican healers and medical practices in Mexico and Guatemala. The first two essays describe the work of prehispanic and colonial healers and show how their roles changed over time. The remaining essays look at contemporary healers, including bonesetters, curers, midwives, nurses, physicians, social workers, and spiritualists. Using a variety of theoretical approaches, the authors examine such topics as the intersection of gender and curing, the recruitment of healers and their training, healers' compensation and workload, types of illnesses treated and recommended treatments, conceptual models used in diagnosis and treatment, and the relationships among healers and between indigenous healers and medical and political authorities.

Handbook for Healers

Guidelines for a Wellness Practice

Author: Frankie Z. Avery

Publisher: Light Technology Publishing

ISBN: 9781891824722

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 156

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This Handbook for Healers set includes a 30-minute DVD of ten energy balancing exercises and a 60-minute CD of tones specifically constructed to create a sense of safety, warmth, and receptivity in healing spaces. Book jacket.

Healers Journey Into Light

Author: Lorna Todd

Publisher: Kima Global Publishers

ISBN: 095843591X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 192

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In this book the author takes us through a series of footsteps that lead us gradually but surely down the path of enlightenment. She guides you through such subjects as ethereal bodies, the hierarchy of angels and the great Masters who watch over the evolution of mankind.

Collaborating with Traditional Healers for HIV Prevention and Care in Sub-Saharan Africa

Suggestions for Programme Managers and Field Workers

Author: Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS,UNAIDS

Publisher: World Health Organization

ISBN: 9291733423

Category: Medical

Page: 54

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These guidelines will help health authorities, governmental and non-governmental agencies, and community groups who seek to develop a productive relationship between traditional and conventional health systems for HIV prevention and care in sub-Saharan Africa. They cover planning, design, implementation, evaluation, and the scaling-up of initiatives, wth the aim of expanding access to, and quality of health services. The guidance is supported by examples from successful collaborative projects with lessons that have been learnt.