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Healing by Hand: Manual Medicine and Bonesetting in Global Perspective
     

Healing by Hand: Manual Medicine and Bonesetting in Global Perspective

by Kathryn S. Oths (Editor), Servando Z. Hinojosa (Editor), Marc Weill (Contribution by), Simon Leyson (Contribution by), Isaac K. Nyamongo (Contribution by)
 

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This collection of essays is devoted to the anthropology of manual medicine and bonesetting around the world. Thirteen contributions discuss such topics as massage therapy in the U.S., indigenous bonesetters in contemporary Denmark, and the place of the componedor (bodyworker) in the Andean health care system. A number of the papers were originally presented at a

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This collection of essays is devoted to the anthropology of manual medicine and bonesetting around the world. Thirteen contributions discuss such topics as massage therapy in the U.S., indigenous bonesetters in contemporary Denmark, and the place of the componedor (bodyworker) in the Andean health care system. A number of the papers were originally presented at a special session on manual medicine at the 2001 meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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The Journal Of Manual and Manipulative Therapy
This unique book succeeds in providing a diverse account of manual medicine in a global perspecitve. It is a big step away from the normal manual medicine texts discussing rationale, techniques, and outcomes that one might read. . . . The essays in this book are all well written, and the book provides a good and informative read for the manual medicine clinician interested in the history, diversity, and societal role of manual medicine in different parts of the world.
Jack Coulehan
Make no bones about it, Healing by Hand is a fine collection of scholarly essays on history, practice, and cultural manifestations of manual medicine. Healing by hand is an ancient practice that has evolved into a wide variety of clinical techniques, all of which are based on mobilizing the body's own recuperative powers. In this volume Oths and Hinojosa have collected 13 'deep probes' into many different traditions of manual medicine, ranging from Balinese and Mayan bonesetting to contemporary chiropractic and bodywork. Given the enormous growth of interest in manual healing in recent decades, this is precisely the right time for scholarly investigation of manual therapy, culture, and healing. Healing by Hand will be an excellent resource in the fields of medical anthropology, cultural studies in health care, and international health. Likewise, the book will open fascinating new perspectives to clinical practitioners of healing by hand.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759103924
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.03(d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn Oths (Professor of Anthropology, University of Alabama) has worked for nearly 20 years on the topic of healers of musculoskeletal disorders, chiropractic, and on bonesetting in the Andes. Servando Z. Hinojosa (Assistant Professor, University of Texas-Pan American) has written on spiritual embodiment among the Maya of Guatemala and has several recent publications on the topic of manual medicine.

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