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'Mother Needles': lessons on inter-ethnic psychiatry in Malaysian society.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Social Science & Medicine
0277-9536
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
18
Issue
2
Pages
139–146
Identifiers
PMID: 6701558
Source
Medline

Abstract

Details of curing rituals symbolize social traumas. Western based psychiatrists are often not very successful in treating Malay patients because of the difficulty of understanding the ritual signs. This paper focusses upon cultural details as they relate to a curer. The paper begins by discussing 'medical pluralism' and proceeds to a consideration of one local healer.

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