Black Folk Medicine: The Therapeutic Significance of Faith and Trust

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Wilbur Watson
Transaction Publishers, 1 ene. 1998 - 136 páginas
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Folk medicine is an important informal and traditional system of social health care support that is still wisely used in many nations including rural regions of the southern United States. This volume provides new insight into the various conditions and structures that help to account for the development and persistence of folk medicine in societies. The authors focus on older, primarily female, black users of folk medicine; the problem of trust in folk and modern doctor-patient relationships; the need for communication and information exchange between folk and modern medical doctors; and a variety of social, cultural, and psychological factors related to drug misuse among the poor, the elderly, rural and uneducated consumers of health services.

 

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Índice

Introduction
1
Aging Illness and Traditional Medicine in Ghana
17
Doctor Cant Do Me No Good Social Concomitants of Health Care Attitudes and Practices among Elderly Blacks in Isolated Rural Populations
33
Pharmacists in Jamaica Health Care Roles in a Changing Society
41
Folk Medicine and Older Blacks in Southern United States
53
Poverty Folk Remedies and Drug Misuse among the Black Elderly
67
Ozark Mountain and European White Witches
71
Central Tendencies in the Practice of Folk Medicine
87
Afterword
99
Glossary
101
Bibliography
105
About the Contributors
115
Index
117
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