Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 139–144 | Cite as

Parallels and potentials in animal and human ethnomedical technique

  • Constance M. McCorkle
  • Marina Martin


In all cultures, ethnomedical practices are largely the same for animals and people, whether in mode of administration of materia medica, in the materials themselves, or in surgical, mechanical, behavioral, medico-religious, and other realms. Below, parallels between veterinary and human ethnomedical techniques are outlined. Taken together, they suggest that a number of benefits could be gained by closer collaboration between veterinary and human medicine in the delivery of basic healthcare information and services.

Traditional medical techniques Ethnomedicine Basic healthcare Health delivery systems Veterinary science Rural development 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Constance M. McCorkle
    • 1
  • Marina Martin
    • 2
  1. 1.Results Center in the AID/Mali MissionUK
  2. 2.Vetaid, UK

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