Patients treated by physicians and folk healers: a comparative outcome study in Taiwan.

@article{Kleinman1982PatientsTB,
  title={Patients treated by physicians and folk healers: a comparative outcome study in Taiwan.},
  author={A. J. Kleinman and James L Gale},
  journal={Culture, medicine and psychiatry},
  year={1982},
  volume={6 4},
  pages={405-23}
}
Outcome of 118 patients treated by shamans in Taipei, Taiwan, is compared with that of 112 roughly matched patients treated by physicians. Impressive among the chief findings at time of follow-up evaluation, more than three-fourths of patients in both groups across five distinctive sickness types perceived their health problems as improved and were so evaluated by the research staff. Patient attributions of source of therapeutic efficacy were more complex and ambivalent. Counter to our… CONTINUE READING