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Complex Illnesses and Complementary Cures

  • Dorthe Brogård Kristensen
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Abstract

This chapter explores diagnostic procedures and their attendant social processes, followed by an analysis of how diagnosis and treatment relate to the olvidos of Chile. It is argued that the categories of disease in biomedical/psychiatric practice and in shamanistic healing practice lead to fundamentally different notions of the patient’s body, which have different implications for the patient’s relationship with his or her social world. The practice of the biomedical doctor is based on defined, established disease categories, while the patient’s subjective experience and the experience of his or her social relations are mostly only relevant in order to identify signs and symptoms that correspond with the categories. In shamanistic practice the use of a disease category focuses on causality rather than a set of symptoms. It is argued that this calls for much broader intersubjective involvement.

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  • Dorthe Brogård Kristensen
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  1. 1.University of Southern DenmarkOdense MDenmark

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