Healing by Hand: Manual Medicine and Bonesetting in Global Perspective / Edition 1

Healing by Hand: Manual Medicine and Bonesetting in Global Perspective / Edition 1

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Healing by Hand: Manual Medicine and Bonesetting in Global Perspective / Edition 1

Anthropologists have routinely overlooked the practice of body therapists, one of the primary providers of "traditional" medicine. Healing by Hand presents the first cross-cultural primer on manual medicine studies. As a particular modality of healing, manual medicine has reached a high level of popularity and importance as its practitioners investigate the body's important capacities for self-healing. The authors describe how manual medicine takes numerous forms across the world's communities, in urban and rural, as well as Western and non-Western, contexts, in individual and community lives. Though frequently overshadowed and challenged by allopathic practitioners, body workers continue to help the sick and injured reach their health goals. In this book, the individual ethnographic analyses of manual medicine describe beliefs and practices about healing, physical and psychological states, and the relation between culture and health. Given the therapeutic training of many of the authors, Healing by Hand should be a fascinating resource for manual practitioners of western medicine, including massage therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, and osteopaths, as well as those with traditional training. It is especially recommended for various courses such as Medical Anthropology, Health and Human Culture, Technology and the Developing World, Sociology of Health, International Health, and Health Care Systems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780759103931
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 01/28/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 7.14(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 1. Indigenous Bonesetters in Contemporary Denmark Part 4 Part I: Past Meets Present in Manual Medicine Practice Chapter 5 3. Competing Views of Chiropractic: Health Services Research Versus Ethnographic Observation Chapter 5 2. When the Body Leads the Mind: Perspectives on Massage Therapy in the United States Chapter 6 4. Divergences in the Evolution of 'steopathy in Four Anglophone Countries: The United States, Canada, Britain, and Australia Chapter 7 5. Achy-Breaky Art: The Historical Development and Contemporary Practice of Tuina Chapter 10 6. The Hands, the Sacred, and the Context of Change in Maya Bonesetting Part 10 Part II: Experience and Embodiment in Practitioner-Patient Encounters Chapter 11 7. Body as Teacher: The Roles of Clinical Model and Morphology in Skill Acquisition Chapter 13 8. Two Ethnographers and One Bonesetter in Bali Chapter 14 9. "Getting Rolfed": Structural Bodywork, Disciplined Deportment, and Embodiment Part 15 Part III: A Wider Lens: The Bonesetter's Contribution to Community Health Chapter 15 11. Borana Bonesetters: Integrating Modernity and Tradition in a Northern Kenyan Pastoral Community Chapter 17 10. The Componedor's Place in the Pluralistic Andean Health Care System Chapter 18 12. A Man of His People: A Concise Ethnography of a Welsh Bonesetter Chapter 19 13. It Takes a Village: Reflections of a Modern Day Bonesetter Chapter 20 Index

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