Mesoamerican Healers

ISBN-10: 0292734565
ISBN-13: 9780292734562
Edition: 2001
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Description: This survey of Mesoamerican healers and medical practices in Mexico and Guatemala examines such topics as the intersection of gender and curing, the recruitment of healers and their training, and the types of illnesses treated.

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 11/15/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 419
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

This survey of Mesoamerican healers and medical practices in Mexico and Guatemala examines such topics as the intersection of gender and curing, the recruitment of healers and their training, and the types of illnesses treated.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Curers and Their Cures in Colonial New Spain and Guatemala: The Spanish Component
Curanderismo in Mexico and Guatemala: Its Historical Evolution from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century
Central and North Mexican Shamans
A Comparative Analysis of Southern Mexican and Guatemalan Shamans
Mistress of Lo Espiritual
Recruitment, Training, and Practice of Indigenous Midwives: From the Mexico-United States Border to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec
Maya Midwives of Southern Mexico and Guatemala
Relations between Government Health Workers and Traditional Midwives in Guatemala
Mesoamerican Bonesetters
Mexican Physicians, Nurses, and Social Workers
Mesoamerican Healers and Medical Anthropology: Summary and Concluding Remarks
Glossary
References Cited
Contributors to the Volume
Index
List of Tables
List of Names of Indigenous Mesoamerican Groups
Features of Cleaning and Sucking Treatments
Sources Used for Regional Comparisons of Indigenous Midwives
Geographic Distribution of Midwives and Other Birth Attendants
Prenatal Activities of Indigenous Midwives
Postpartum Activities in Indigenous Groups
The Four Most Common Medical Specialties Combined with Midwifery
Secular and Sacred Recruitment Paths of Hueyapan's Midwives
Recruitment (Secular vs. Sacred) of Hueyapan's Midwives and Regular Collaboration
Male Midwives, Husband, Children, and Male Curer Present at Birth
Mean Age of Midwives in Indigenous Groups
Presence of a Traditional Medical Organization among Indigenous Groups
Traditional Medical Organization by Size of Population
Communities, Language Groups, and Bibliographic Sources
Demographic Characteristics of the Midwives
Comparison between Selected Demographic Characteristics of Traditional Midwives and Government Health Care Providers
Comparison between Traditional Midwives' and Health Services' Practices
Relations between Traditional Midwives and Government Health Care Providers
Recruitment and Training of Bonesetters by Linguistic Group
Gender Distribution among Bonesetters by Linguistic Group
Twentieth-Century Demographic Record for Mexico
The Five Principal Ailments by Region
Increase in Physicians and Paramedical Staff in Mexico, 1970 to 1995
Intake and Exit Figures for Male and Female Medical Students, 1986 to 1994
Increase of Nursing Profession in SSA, IMSS, and ISSTE, 1965 to 1995
Growth in the Number of Physicians in Mexico since 1980
Total Nurses and Auxiliary Nurses in SSA, IMSS, and ISSSTE in 1980 and 1996
Organizational Distribution of Physicians and Nurses in SSA, IMSS, IMSS-Solidaridad, and ISSSTE in 1993
Geographical Distribution of Population, Physicians, Nurses, and Paramedical Staff in Mexico in 1990 and 1993
Health Sector Infrastructure and Resources in Mexico and Mexico, D.F.
Medical Service Indicators, 1995
List of Figures
Western Mesoamerica
Eastern Mesoamerica
Locations of native cultures whose shamans are described in this chapter
Altar of a Sierra Nahnu shaman
Sierra Nahnu paper figure representing the animating force of the patient with companion spirit animals
Mutilated paper figure found beside the graveyard in Tenango de Doria
Health system structure and ideal referral patterns in Guatemala
Percentage distribution of physicians in Mexico in 1990

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