Traditional health beliefs and practices among lower class black Americans.

  title={Traditional health beliefs and practices among lower class black Americans.},
  author={L F Snow},
  journal={The Western journal of medicine},
  volume={139 6},
  • L F Snow
  • Published 1983 in The Western journal of medicine
The medical belief system of lower class black Americans reflects their social, political and economic marginality in the larger society. A moderate life-style is regarded as the basis for good health with special emphasis on protecting one's body from cold, keeping it clean inside and out and maintaining a proper diet. Illnesses and other life events are classified as "natural" or "unnatural." Natural illnesses result from the effects of cold, dirt and improper diet on the body causing changes… CONTINUE READING

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