Trust, talk and touch in Balkan folk healing.

  title={Trust, talk and touch in Balkan folk healing.},
  author={B Kerewsky-Halpern},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  volume={21 3},
Broadly based in long-term anthropological fieldwork in the Balkans (in Serbia, Macedonia and Bulgaria), this discussion of folk healing techniques illustrates how convergence in the patient/practitioner relationship is of prime importance in effecting a positive outcome. Sumadija in central Serbia is selected as an example, and treatment for erysipelas, a common health problem which villagers call 'the red wind', is described and analyzed. Against a sociocultural background in which the… CONTINUE READING

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