Kuru, a fatal neurological disease thought to be transmitted through cannibalism, is examined in the Fore, a New Guinea people afflicted with the disease, who believe it to be caused by sorcery. The author also discusses Fore beliefs about diagnosis and prevention of other diseases.
Shirley Lindenbaum, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, CUNY–Graduate Center, has conducted research in Papua New Guinea from 1961 to 2008. Her books include The Time of AIDS: Social Analysis, Theory and Method, co-edited with Gilbert Herdt, and Knowledge, Power and Practice: The Anthropology of Medicine and Everyday Life, co-edited with Margaret Lock.
Preface 1 Introduction 2 Kuru and Sorcery 3 Other Medical Disorders 4 Extensions of Self 5 Etiology and World View 6 Ideology in Transition 7 The Crisis Years 8 The Kibungs 9 Status and the Sorcerer 10 Polluters, Witches, and Sorcerers 11 Conclusion 1979 12 Telling History 13 The End of Kuru Epilogue