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‘Folk’ ideas and practices concerning the care and treatment of illness available within particular (usually non-Western) cultures—that is, outside the framework of professionalized, regulated scientific medicine. They commonly involve empirically based natural remedies, frequently from plants, and healing rituals with a supernatural element. Often deemed unscientific, such methods of healing are increasingly shown to have some value.

Subjects: Sociology — Public Health and Epidemiology.

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