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Multiple Medical Realities: Patients and Healers in Biomedical, Alternative and Traditional Medicine
Volume 4

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Multiple Medical Realities

Patients and Healers in Biomedical, Alternative and Traditional Medicine

Edited by Helle Johannessen† and Imre Lázár
Preface by Thomas Csordas

224 pages, index

ISBN  978-1-84545-026-7 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (December 2005)

ISBN  978-1-84545-104-2 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (December 2005)

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“…an intriguing collection of articles exploring medical pluralism and bodily experiences from a largely European perspective.”   ·  American Anthropologist


Nowadays a plethora of treatment technologies is available to the consumer, each employing a variety of concepts of the body, self, sickness and healing. This volume explores the options, strategies and consequences that are both relevant and necessary for patients and practitioners who are manoeuvring this medical plurality. Although wideranging in scope and covering areas as diverse as India, Ecuador, Ghana and Norway, central to all contributions is the observation that technologies of healing are founded on socially learned and to some extent fluid experiences of body and self.

Helle Johannessen had a PhD in anthropology from University of Copenhagen and conducted research and teaching in medical anthropology from the mid-1980s. She was associate professor at the Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, where she was head of a research unit and a PhD program for social studies in medicine. In her research she studied medical pluralism in Denmark and Europe. She was involved with a comparative study of the use of complementary medicine among cancer patients in Denmark, Italy and India.

Imre Lazar graduated as a medical doctor from Semmelweis University of Medicine and in 1999 became an expert of occupational medicine. He has a Master's Degree in Medical Anthropology from the Brunel University and a Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Since the foundation of the Institute of Behavioural Sciences at Semmelweis University, Lazar has been teaching in the Medical Anthropology department and in 2004 he became its head. He is also associate professor at the Institute of Communication and Social Sciences, K.roli G.sp.r University of Reformed Church, Budapest.

European Association of Social-Anthropologists (EASA)
Subject: Medical Anthropology


List of Tables
List of Figures

by Thomas Csordas

List of Contributors

Chapter 1. Introduction: Body and Self in Medical Pluralism
Helle Johannessen


Chapter 2. Demographic Background and Health Status of Users of Alternative Medicine: A Hungarian Example
László Buda, Kinga Lampek and Tamás Tahin

Chapter 3. Táltos Healers, Neoshamans and Multiple Medical Realities in Postsocialist Hungary
Imre Lázár

Chapter 4. ‘The Double Face of Subjectivity’: A Case Study in a Psychiatric Hospital (Ghana)
Kristine Krause

Chapter 5. German Medical Doctors’ Motives for Practising Homoeopathy, Acupuncture or Ayurveda
Robert Frank and Gunnar Stollberg

Chapter 6. Pluralisms of Provision, Use and Ideology: Homoeopathy in South London
Christine A. Barry

Chapter 7. Re-examining the Medicalisation Process
Efrossyni Delmouzou


Chapter 8. Healing and the Mind-body Complex: Childbirth and Medical Pluralism in South Asia
Geoffrey Samuel

Chapter 9. Self, Soul and Intravenous Infusion: Medical Pluralism and the Concept of samay among the Naporuna in Ecuador
Michael Knipper

Chapter 10. Experiences of Illness and Self: Tamil Refugees in Norway Seeking Medical Advice
Anne Sigfrid Grønseth

Chapter 11. The War of the Spiders: Constructing Mental Illnesses in the Multicultural Communities of the Highlands of Chiapas
Witold Jacorzynski

Chapter 12. Epilogue: Multiple Medical Realities: Reflections from Medical Anthropology
Imre Lázár and Helle Johannessen


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