Illness Stories, Medical Choices and Socio-Political Process

  • Dorthe Brogård Kristensen


In this chapter the main question of the book is presented—why do actors perceive a certain medicine as effective? This question was born out of the observation that health problems—as well as the knowledge and experience of illness and the use of medicines—were often-discussed topics among members of the family, neighbours and colleagues. The theme of the book is presented through the story of 6-year-old Wanglen, who was treated in a context of medical pluralism, in her case biomedicine and Mapuche healing practices. Her case highlights a number of relevant themes and problems that are central to this book, first and foremost the complex reality of medical pluralism, of which both patients and practitioners form part. Moreover, the methodological and analytical framework is presented, more specifically the socio-somatic model and the theory of embodiment, which serve to link Wanglen’s case with a socio-political reality.


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