Medical Pluralism in the Andes

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Medical Pluralism in the Andes is the first major collection of anthropological approaches to health in the Andes for over twenty years. Written in tribute to Libbet Crandon Malamuds pioneering work on Andean medicine, this readable, extensively illustrated and instructive book reflects the diversity of approaches in medical anthropology that have evolved during the past two decades. Capturing the intricacies of health practice within the context of Andean social history, cultural tradition, community and folklore, this is a remarkable and intimate chronicle of Andean culture and everyday life, which will appeal across a wide range of readers, from professional anthropologists to those interested in alternative medicines.

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Joan Koss-Chioino is Professor of Anthropology and affiliate of the Women's Studies Department at Arizona State University. She is also Visiting Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, Research Professor of Psychology at George Washington University, and author of Women as Healers, Women as Patients (1992) and Working with Latino Youth (1999). Thomas Leatherman is Professor and Chair in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Christine Greenway is affiliated with the University of Washington.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Foreword
Preface
Pt. I Introduction: Andean medical studies and the contribution of Libbet Crandon-Malamud 1
1 Perspectives on medical anthropology in the Andes 3
2 Ethnography and the person: reflections on Libbet Crandon's fieldwork in Bolivia 16
3 Changing times and changing symptoms: the effects of modernization on mestizo medicine in rural Bolivia (the case of two mestizo sisters) 27
4 Contribution to a critical analysis of medical pluralism: an examination of the work of Libbet Crandon-Malamud 42
Pt. II Choices, changing times, and medical pluralism 61
5 Setting it straight in the Andes: musculoskeletal distress and the role of the componedor 63
6 Healing soul loss: the negotiation of identity in Peru 92
7 Healers as entrepreneurs: constructing an image of legitimized potency in urban Ecuador 107
Pt. III Andean bodies: metaphors and medicine 129
8 Ethnomedicine and enculturation in the Andes of Ecuador 131
9 Food, health, and identity in a rural Andean community 148
10 Sucking blood or snatching fat: Chagas' disease in Bolivia 166
Pt. IV Gender, power, and health 189
11 Why sobreparto?: women's work, health, and reproduction in two districts in southern Peru 191
12 Illness management, social alliance, and cultural identity in Quito, Ecuador 209
13 Anthropology and Shamanism: bottom-line considerations in image and practice 234
Index 251
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