Kuru Sorcery Disease and Danger in the New Guinea Highlands

ISBN-10: 1612052762
ISBN-13: 9781612052762
Edition: 2014
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Book details

List price: $32.93
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 6/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Perhaps the best-documented epidemic in the history of medicine, kuru has been studied for more than fifty years by international investigators from medicine and the human sciences. This significantly revised edition of the landmark anthropological classic Kuru Sorcerybrings up to date the anthropological contribution to understanding disease, the medical research that resulted in two medical Nobel Prizes, and the views of the Fore people who endured the epidemic and who still believe that sorcerers, rather than cannibalism, caused kuru. The kuru epidemic serves as a prism through which to see how Fore notions of disease causation bring into single focus their views about the body, the world of social and spiritual relations, and changes in economic and political conditions—aspects of thought and behavior that Western medicine keeps separate.

Shirley Lindenbaum is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the CUNY-Graduate Center, New York.

Preface
Introduction
Kuru and Sorcery
Other Medical Disorders
Extensions of Self
Etiology and World View
Ideology in Transition
The Crisis Years
The Kibungs
Status and the Sorcerer
Polluters, Witches, and Sorcerers
Conclusion 1979
Telling History
The End of Kuru
Epilogue
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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