The practice of curanderismo, or Mexican American folk
medicine, is part of a historically and culturally important health
care system deeply rooted in native Mexican healing techniques.
This is the first book to describe the practice from an insider's
point of view, based on the authors' three-year apprenticeships
with curanderos (healers).
Robert T. Trotter and Juan Antonio Chavira present an intimate
view of not only how curanderismo is practiced but also how it is
learned and passed on as a healing tradition. By providing a better
understanding of why curanderos continue to be in demand despite
the lifesaving capabilities of modern medicine, this text will
serve as an indispensable resource to health professionals who work
within Mexican American communities, to students of transcultural
medicine, and to urban ethnologists and medical
Subjects: Sociology, Health Sciences
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