From the Bush The Front Line of Health Care in a Caribbean Village

ISBN-10: 0155085670

ISBN-13: 9780155085671

Edition: 2004

Authors: T Quinlan, Marsha B. Quinlan

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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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List price: $60.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 2/6/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484

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.

List of Figures and Tables
The Importance of Home Remedies
Why Use Ethnomedicine to Study Ethnobotany?
From the Bush
Dominica and Dominicans
The Island
The Physical Environment
Ethnohistory of Dominican People
Language in Dominica: Commingling Creoles
Island Socioeconomics
Bwa Mawego
The Village Site
Physical Appearance of Bwa Mawegans
Earning a Living in Bwa Mawego
Village Family Life
An Abbreviated Daily Round
Rapport: The First Concern
Membership in a Research Team
Stage I Research: Fundamental Exploration
Stage II Research: Systematic Exploration
Freelist of Remedies
Disease and Illness in Bwa Mawego
The Disease-Illness Dichotomy
Diseases in Bwa Mawego
Illnesses in Bwa Mawego
Bwa Mawego's Sectors of Health Care
Bwa Mawego's Popular Sector: Bush Medicine
The Professional Sector: Biomedicine
The Folk Sector
Path of Treatment Seeking
Popular Treatment and Acculturation
Body Image in Bwa Mawego
Hot and Cold
Rural Dominican Humoral System
The Body's Basic Requirements
Rural Dominican Ethnophysiology
Bush Medicine in Bwa Mawego: Illnesses and Their Treatments
The Illnesses
Illness Domains
Cold Illnesses and Their Treatments
Hot Illnesses and Their Treatments
Buttons and Prickle Heat
External Conditions and Their Treatments
Stomach Conditions and Their Treatments
Applications and Conclusions
Professional Biomedical Care
Folk Healing
Bush Medicine
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
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