Folk healing: A description and synthesis

Robert C Ness, R. M. Wintrob

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Abstract

All societies have developed ways of dealing with physical and mental illness, defined as folk healing systems. The authors review the systems of folk healing that have evolved in different cultural groups in the United States. They describe the faith healing practices of fundamentalist Christian groups, the belief in rootwork among white and black people in the southeastern United States, 'curanderismo' among Mexican-Americans, and 'espiritismo' among Americans from Puerto Rico. Most believers in folk healing also go to physicians for medical care. The authors argue that physicians should familiarize themselves with patients' folk healing beliefs in order to serve them more effectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1477-1481
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Volume138
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

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Folk healing : A description and synthesis. / Ness, Robert C; Wintrob, R. M.

In: American Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 138, No. 11, 01.01.1981, p. 1477-1481.

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Ness, Robert C ; Wintrob, R. M. / Folk healing : A description and synthesis. In: American Journal of Psychiatry. 1981 ; Vol. 138, No. 11. pp. 1477-1481.
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