A Failure of Treatment

A Failure of Treatment

by Gilbert Lewis

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Overview

This book is a study of a serious illness in a New Guinea village. It records the failure of local treatments and Western medicine, and of a communal ritual to bring a spirit to heal a man; it also shows how cultural beliefs and assumptions may influence events. The author, an anthropologist and medical doctor, focuses on how those closely involved maintained their hope and beliefs, and how they faced the realization of failure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198234098
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 05/01/2000
Series: Oxford Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology Series
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

The ethnography of an illness
Arrival
The people in a hamlet: Watalu
Paths and gardens
A question of marriage and a fall
The hunting in July and another fall
At the health centre
The perception of his illness
The opening of Malyi
Contrasts of pace: acute and chronic
Imagery without influence
Failure yet belief
Losing hope
The death of Dauwaras
The period of mourning
Aftermath

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