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From the Publisher"This is a most interesting work. It provides insight into the traditional African-American health practices that are not dealt with in most conventional medical literature. The essays, furthermore, place these practices into a broader historical context, one in existence before the institution of slavery in the Americas."
"Because residency programs are now recognizing the importance of cultural competency for their trainees, it is crucial that clinicians acknowledge the importance of religion in the health care of their patients. In fact, as more becomes known in this country about how different cultures approach health and wellness, this book, along with the others in the series, will be timely and useful to all involved in health care. FAITH, HEALTH, AND HEALING IN AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE is an excellent guide to the health belief system of a key US community."
Journal of the American Medical Association/JAMA
"Mitchem and Townes have edited a very important collection of multidisciplinary essays focused on faith, health, and healing in African American life. Since African Americans have been vulnerable to higher AIDS, this timely volume fills an important knowledge gap. Religious resources have often been neglected in biomedicine. The essays range from the historical contributions of African religious traditions to healing in Yvonne Chireau's 'Hoodoo' narratives and Charles Long's reflections on the conjure tradition to more contemporary foci such as Dwight Hopkins's elaboration of the relationship between environmental and ecological justice to health concerns in black communities… Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers."