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Posted October 28, 2001
Ancestral Bewitchment Clashes with Modern Medicine
Dr. Linde's book 'Of Spirits and Madness' is a wonderfully entertaining and insightful look into the culture and psyche of the Zimbabwean people. As an American psychiatrist in this third world African country, he becomes immersed in a cultural quagmire of Westrn medical practices. The results, a train wreck of frequently amusing and sometimes very sad situations: experiences which challenged the young author's intellectual and medical skills while raising questions in his own mind about the modern world's pursuit of individual self gain and blatant consumption. This is a great book which will make all readers laugh, think and reevaluate one's own views of what is truly important. The best book I've read this year!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.