Synopses & Reviews
Medicine and morality in rural Haiti are shaped both by different local religious traditions and by biomedical and folk medicine practices. People who become ill may seek treatment from Western doctors, but also from herbalists and religious leaders. This study examines the decisions guiding such choices, and considers moral issues arising in a society where suffering is associated with guilt but where different, sometimes conflicting, ethical systems coexist. It also reveals how in the crisis of illness people rework religious identities and are forced to address fundamental social and political problems.
"This book enlarges our interpretive framework for understanding the symbolic dimensions of therapeutic choice. It provides an important perspective on religion and healing in Haiti in a powerful way few other works have achieved." Medical Anthropology Quarterly
A study of how medicine and morality in rural Haiti are shaped both by local religious traditions and by biomedical and folk medical practices.
This volume is a study of how medicine and morality in rural Haiti are shaped both by local religious traditions and by biomedical and folk medical practices.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 218-236) and index.
Table of Contents
Part I. History and Ethnography of Biomedicine: 2. Metropolitan medicine and strategies of rule; 3. Biomedicine in Jeanty; 4. Medicalization and illness experience: two case studies; Part II. The Moral Discourse of Medical Pluralism: 5. The Catholic practice of healing; 6. Houngan and the limits to Catholic morality; 7. Religious healing and the fragmentation of rural life; 8. Conclusion.