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Medical Pluralism: Medicina Popular and Medicina Alternativa

Valentina Napolitano

in Migration, Mujercitas, and Medicine Men

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233188
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928473 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233188.003.0005
Medical Pluralism: Medicina Popular and Medicina Alternativa

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This chapter examines medical pluralism and the diverse therapeutic practices that exist parallel to the national health care system in Mexico. It explores how different medical practices coexist and how those practices are interwoven and sometimes clash in people's experience of illness and in formulating strategies to restore health. It also mentions that medicina popular, curanderos, and homeopaths show distinct correlations between specific etiologies and ideas of sociability, of individual sin and redemption, as well as ideas about science and faith in the alternative medical field.

Keywords: medical pluralism; therapeutic practices; Mexico; medical practices; medicina popular; curanderos; homeopaths; etiologies; alternative medical field

Chapter.  13243 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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