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V. Sujatha

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198099130

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198099130.001.0001

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Curing, Healing, and Culture

Curing, Healing, and Culture

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(p.110) 3 Curing, Healing, and Culture
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Sociology of Health and Medicine
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V. Sujatha

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198099130.003.0003

This chapter is about the intricacies in the understanding of how effectiveness of therapy is assessed and, what the difference between the terms curing and healing is. The chapter cites a variety of anthropological studies and other general master pieces such as, the writings of Ivan Illich in order to probe into the day to day experience of therapies and medical technologies and, to gain insight on the nuanced phenomenon of the experience of cure.

Keywords:   curing and healing, culture and medicine, medical nemesis, adverse drug reaction, routinization of medical technology, medical heroism, evidence based medicine, illness narratives, psycho-analysis, shamanistic healing

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