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Medicine and Morality in Haiti

Medicine and Morality in Haiti
The Contest for Healing Power

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology

  • Date Published: September 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521575430

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  • Medicine and morality in rural Haiti are shaped both by different local religious traditions and by biomedical and folk medicine practices. People who become ill may seek treatment from Western doctors, but also from herbalists and religious leaders. This study examines the decisions guiding such choices, and considers moral issues arising in a society where suffering is associated with guilt but where different, sometimes conflicting, ethical systems coexist. It also reveals how in the crisis of illness people rework religious identities and are forced to address fundamental social and political problems.

    • Reflects current interests in medical anthropology
    • Richly documented study
    • Important contribution to Caribbean ethnography
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521575430
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. History and Ethnography of Biomedicine:
    2. Metropolitan medicine and strategies of rule
    3. Biomedicine in Jeanty
    4. Medicalization and illness experience: two case studies
    Part II. The Moral Discourse of Medical Pluralism:
    5. The Catholic practice of healing
    6. Houngan and the limits to Catholic morality
    7. Religious healing and the fragmentation of rural life
    8. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Paul Brodwin

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