Quest for Therapy in Lower Zaire

ISBN-10: 0520046331

ISBN-13: 9780520046337

Edition: N/A

Authors: John M. Janzen, William Arkinstall, Charles Leslie

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In this book, Dr. John M. Janzen describes patterns of healing among the BaKongo of Lower Zaire in Africa, who, like many peoples elsewhere, utilize cosmopolitan medicine alongside traditional healing practices. What criteria, he asks, determine the choice of the alternative therapies? And what is their institutional interrelationship? In seeking answers, he analyzes case histories and cultural contexts to explore what social transactions, decisionmaking, illness and therapy classifications, and resource allocations are used in the choice of therapy by the ill, their kinfolk, friends, asociates, and specialized practitioners.
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/22/1982
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
The Area Of Study
The Human Setting of Healing in Lower Zaire
A History of Medical Pluralism in Lower Zaire
Studies In Kongo Illness and Therapy An Introductory Note
Disease of God, Disease of Man
Strife in the Family As Cause of Child's Illness
A History of Madness
The Professional as Kinsman
Marriage and the Father's Blessing
The Clan as Patient
The Logic Of Therapeutic Systems An Introductory Note
The Jural Status of Therapy in Kongo Society
Interpreting Symptoms
Contemporary Systems of Popular Medicine in Lower Zaire
Toward an Integrated Medicine
Episodes of Case Studies Reported in Chapters 3-8
Herbarium of Medicinal Plants Bibliography of Works Cited
Glossary-Index
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