Traditional concepts of mental disorder among Indian psychiatric patients: preliminary report of work in progress.

@article{Weiss1986TraditionalCO,
  title={Traditional concepts of mental disorder among Indian psychiatric patients: preliminary report of work in progress.},
  author={Mitchell g. Weiss and Sujatha D. Sharma and Rajesh K. Gaur and Jyoti Sharma and Aatum Desai and Dinshaw R. Doongaji},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={1986},
  volume={23 4},
  pages={379-86}
}
In a medically pluralistic setting a range of health care providers offer not only different forms of treatment, but different ways of understanding illness. Even within a single tradition, these concepts evolve over time. Chapters in the classical texts of Ayurveda describe varieties of severe mental disorder (unmada) arising from a particular humoral imbalance (dosa) or arising in association with specific demons and deities (bhuta) that produce distinct character changes and symptom patterns… CONTINUE READING

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