The Case of Traditional Bonesetting and Orthopaedic Medical Curriculum

  title={The Case of Traditional Bonesetting and Orthopaedic Medical Curriculum},
  author={Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu},
  journal={Frontiers in African Business Research},
In many parts of Africa, traditional bonesetters are renowned for their efficacy in the treatment of bone injuries. Like other variants of indigenous medicine, the knowledge of bonesetting is verbally passed from one generation to another, without resort to formal documentation. Through the practice of apprenticeship and on the job training, traditional bonesetters pass down the knowledge of bone manipulation, herbal topical applications and sometimes oral ingestions to the next generation… 

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