Black Folk Medicine: The Therapeutic Significance of Faith and Trust, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Black Folk Medicine

The Therapeutic Significance of Faith and Trust, 1st Edition

By Wilbur H. Watson

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136 pages

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pub: 1998-01-15
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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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC011000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Folklore & Mythology
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General