From the Bush: The Front Line of Health Care in a Caribbean Village, Parts 5-6

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Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2004 - Medical - 152 pages
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This case study will be the first to deal with a topic in medical anthropology. It explores the world of folk medicine in the Caribbean (Dominica) €“ local beliefs and practices concerning how the body functions and malfunctions and the home remedies Dominicans use to cure common illnesses. The case study goes beyond discussing the exotic medical system of a developing country (which includes sorcery and folk-illnesses) to discuss how folk medicine flourishes in industrialized countries in a way that is little different than that practiced in Dominica. The theme is that cultural ideas about the body and uses of medicinal plants are deeply intertwined. Ideas about illness direct the consequent medical response. The book's topic is important because knowledge of local ethnomedical practice is essential for development of public health interventions in non-Western settings. This realist ethnography is aimed at any member of the generally educated population.

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Like the other reviewer, I too had to buy this book for a school class. Unlike the other reviewer, I did not find it very difficult to read or focus on. The book is written quite personally and the different topics are clearly labelled and presented. There is a ton of information in this book and reading it wasnt a chore.
Now, the reason I only gave this book three stars is because of the price. This soft cover, non-colour, 125 page book cost me between $60-$70. That price for such a small book is ridiculous.


The Importance of Home Remedies
Dominica and Dominicans
Bwa Mawego

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Marsha Quinlan is a broadly-experienced medical anthropologist with expertise in cultural notions of disease and healing and medical botany. Quinlan has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and teaches anthropology at Washington State University. She has conducted research with residents of this Dominican community since 1993.

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