Sacrifice, plants, and western pharmaceuticals: money and health care in northern Ghana.

@article{Bierlich1999SacrificePA,
  title={Sacrifice, plants, and western pharmaceuticals: money and health care in northern Ghana.},
  author={B Bierlich},
  journal={Medical anthropology quarterly},
  year={1999},
  volume={13 3},
  pages={316-37}
}
  • B Bierlich
  • Published 1999 in Medical anthropology quarterly
In this article I discuss the role of money vis-à-vis health care among the Dagomba, an agrarian people living in northern Ghana, whose pluralistic medical culture involves the use of both plants and Western pharmaceuticals in the treatment of various symptoms. In Dagomba society monetary exchanges in the domain of healing cannot be equated with self-interest, and nonmonetary exchanges cannot be compared with altruism in any straightforward fashion. Exchanges and their purposes are made… CONTINUE READING