Sorcery and penicillin: treating illness on a Papua New Guinea island.

@article{Lepowsky1990SorceryAP,
  title={Sorcery and penicillin: treating illness on a Papua New Guinea island.},
  author={Maria Lepowsky},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={1990},
  volume={30 10},
  pages={
          1049-63
        }
}
Research on a remote and culturally conservative Papua New Guinea island before and after the introduction of biomedical primary health care in the form of government aid posts shows that beliefs in the supernatural causation of serious illness and death by sorcery, witchcraft or taboo violation remain largely unchanged after a decade. Most islanders first seek treatment from traditional healers who can identify and combat the underlying supernatural causes of illness. A healer, traditional or… CONTINUE READING

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