Mesoamerican healers

edited by Brad R. Huber and Alan R. Sandstrom

Healing practices in Mesoamerica span a wide range, from traditional folk medicine with roots reaching back into the pre-Hispanic era to westernised biomedicine. These sometimes co-operating, sometimes competing practices have attracted attention from researchers and the public alike, as interest in alternative medicine and holistic healing continues to grow. Responding to this interest, the essays in this book offer a comprehensive, state-of-the-art survey of Mesoamerican healers and medical practices in Mexico and Guatemala. The first two essays describe the work of pre-Hispanic and colonial healers and show how their roles changed over time. The remaining essays look at contemporary healers, including bonesetters, curers, midwives, nurses, physicians, social workers, and spiritualists. Using a variety of theoretical approaches, the authors examine such topics as the intersection of gender and curing, the recruitment of healers and their training, healers' compensation and workload, types of illnesses treated and recommended treatments, conceptual models used in diagnosis and treatment, and the relationships among healers and between indigenous healers and medical and political authorities. Brad R. Huber is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the College of Charleston. Alan R. Sandstrom is Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

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  • Foreword / Bernard Ortiz de Montellano
  • Introduction / Brad R. Huber Curers and Their Cures in Colonial New Spain and Guatemala: The Spanish Component / Luz Maria Hernandez Saenz University of Western Ontario & George M. Foster University of California-Berkeley
  • Curanderismo in Mexico and Guatemala: Its Historical Evolution from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century Carlos / Viesca Trevino Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
  • Central and North Mexican Shamans / James W. Dow Oakland University
  • A Comparative Analysis of Southern Mexican and Guatemalan Shamans / Frank J. Lipp New York State Office of Children and Family Services
  • Mistress of Lo Espiritual / Kaja Finkler University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Recruitment, Training, and Practice of Indigenous Midwives: From the Mexico-United States Border to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec / Brad R. Huber & Alan R. Sandstrom
  • Maya Midwives of Southern Mexico and Guatemala / Sheila Cosminsky Rutgers University
  • Relations between Government Health Workers and Traditional Midwives in Guatemala / Elena Hurtado Instituto de Nutricion de Centro America y Panama, Guatemala & Eugenia Saenz de Tejada Pan American Health Organization
  • Mesoamerican Bonesetters / Benjamin D. Paul Stanford University & Clancy McMahon
  • Mexican Physicians, Nurses, and Social Workers / Margaret E. Harrison Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education
  • Mesoamerican Healers and Medical Anthropology: Summary and Concluding Remarks / Alan R. Sandstrom Glossary
  • References Cited
  • Index

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書名 Mesoamerican healers
著作者等 Sandstrom, Alan R.
Huber Brad R.
Montellano Bernard Ortiz de
Sandstrom Alan R
Huber Brad R. (Brad Richard)
出版元 University of Texas Press
刊行年月 2001
ページ数 xiii, 403 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0292734565
NCID BA56968036
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国