Ghost illness: a cross-cultural experience with the expression of a non-western tradition in clinical practice.

@article{Putsch1988GhostIA,
  title={Ghost illness: a cross-cultural experience with the expression of a non-western tradition in clinical practice.},
  author={R. W. Putsch},
  journal={American Indian and Alaska native mental health research : journal of the National Center},
  year={1988},
  volume={2 2},
  pages={
          6-26
        }
}
  • R. W. Putsch
  • Published 1988
  • Medicine
  • American Indian and Alaska native mental health research : journal of the National Center
Ethnocentric beliefs and attributes of illness, etiology and death are discussed in patients from three different cultures Navajo, Salish, and Hmong. The cases illustrate the role of the dead in concerns and fears related to illness, depression and suicidal behavior. These issues are presented in the broader context of human experience with death and dying represented in the medical and anthropologic literature. Diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to special beliefs are illustrated. It is… Expand
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