Black Folk Medicine: The Therapeutic Significance of Faith and Trust

1st Edition

Wilbur H. Watson

Routledge
Published January 15, 1998
Reference - 136 Pages
ISBN 9780765804600 - CAT# Y332745

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Summary

 Folk medicine is an important informal and traditional system of social health care support that is still wisely used in many nations including rural regions of the southern United States. This volume provides new insight into the various conditions and structures that help to account for the development and persistence of folk medicine in societies. The authors focus on older, primarily female, black users of folk medicine; the problem of trust in folk and modern doctor-patient relationships; the need for communication and information exchange between folk and modern medical doctors; and a variety of social, cultural, and psychological factors related to drug misuse among the poor, the elderly, rural and uneducated consumers of health services.

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